Migraine vs. headaches, there is a difference. Welcome to The Health League’s informative journey into the intricate world of headaches and migraines. Though these terms are often used interchangeably, distinguishing between them is crucial for effective control and management. In this blog post, we’ll unravel the nuances between migraines and headaches, emphasizing the significance of accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment approaches.

Understanding the Basics of Headaches

Headaches afflict approximately 50% of the population, with tension-type headaches (TTH) and cervicogenic headaches being the most common types. Tension-type headaches typically arise from tight muscles and fascia in the neck and the back of the head, while cervicogenic headaches stem from dysfunction in the upper cervical spine joints. Both can trigger migraines if left unaddressed, showcasing the need for comprehensive care.

Facts About Migraines

Migraines, affecting 1/3 of women and 1/16 of men, are intricate and can manifest in various ways. Symptoms may include stabbing or throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, dizziness, visual changes, numbness, or tingling. Migraines may occur with or without an “aura,” a precursor signaling the onset. Proper diagnosis is paramount, considering the distinct characteristics and severity of migraines.

Factors that Differentiate Migraines from Headaches


Symptom Profile:

  • Headaches present as generalized pain or pressure in the forehead, temples or apex of the head
  • Migraines exhibit a more complex set of symptoms, including aura, nausea, and sensitivity to stimuli, along with stabbing, throbbing, and severe pain.

Duration and Intensity

  • Headaches are shorter in duration usually resolving in several hours or a day.
  • Migraines typically last longer and are known for their intensity, necessitating a thorough understanding of pain duration and severity for accurate diagnosis.


  • Identifiable triggers, such as neck tension, sleeping position, hormonal changes, emotional distress, specific foods, or environmental factors, may contribute to migraines. Recognizing these triggers is crucial for effective prevention and management.
  • Headaches can be triggered by tight neck muscles, stress, increased physical demand, poor posture, poor sleeping positions or quality of sleep, and more!
  • Migraines have a very complex set of triggers from any of the above-noted triggers and food, noise, lights, busy environments, smells, hormone changes, and many more!

Impact on Daily Life

  • Both headaches and migraines significantly impact a person’s quality of life. However, migraines are particularly debilitating, heavily affecting daily activities due to their severity and associated symptoms.

Proper Diagnoses is Key

  • Seeking care from a medical doctor or chiropractor who has a practice focused on the treatment of migraine and headaches is key. It is important to have a practitioner who will properly identify which condition or conditions you have so you can get proper treatment and management strategies 

Medical Management of Migraines and Headaches

At The Health League’s Migraine and Headache Clinic, our medical doctor, Dr. Masata, dedicates her practice entirely to migraine and headache treatment. With a history of migraines herself, Dr. Masata approaches patient care with compassion and a wealth of knowledge, emphasizing personalized strategies based on each condition’s unique characteristics.

Chiropractic Care at the Migraine and Headache Clinic

The chiropractic team at The Health League’s Migraine and Headache Clinic is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating headaches and migraines. Using manual therapies like active release technique, cupping, and specific fascial work on muscles, fascia, and superficial nerves, they address underlying causes and triggers of migraine and headaches and can do so with or without the use of manual adjustments if that’s preferred. The team also aids in trigger identification, holistic supplement options, exercise rehabilitation, sleep suggestions, and more, forming integral components of the headache and migraine puzzle.

Tailored Treatment Approaches

Effective control necessitates individualized treatment plans. The Health League’s team employs evidence-based methods, including manual therapy, fascial work, soft tissue treatments, exercise rehabilitation, acupuncture, pharmaceutical management, and injection therapies to address migraines and headaches comprehensively. At The Health League all the partitioners you see work together as a team to create a tailored plan with you, for you.

Empowering Patients

By acknowledging differences and tailoring approaches, The Health League empowers patients to take control. Education on triggers, lifestyle modifications, and targeted therapies contribute to a comprehensive and effective management strategy.

Understanding migraines and headaches as distinct entities is the initial step toward effective control. Through accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment approaches, The Health League strives to empower individuals on their journey to a headache and migraine-free life. For clarity and relief, Dr. Masata and our team of chiropractors are ready to assist you.

Enjoy Relief from Migraines & Headaches

If you or someone you know experiences chronic migraines or headaches, don’t let it dictate your life.
Contact The Health League today and take the first step toward lasting relief.