Tension Headache or Migraine?

When it comes to headaches, there are more than one type… this means it not a one treatment for all headaches. By identifying the type of headache you have, a tailored treatment can be made to restore function, decrease frequency and severity of your symptoms and most importantly, get you back to doing the things you love.

Two Common Types

The top two most common types of headaches are migraines and tension-type headaches, and first appeared between the ages of 20 and 40 years old (as printed in the textbook “Evaluation & Management of Headache”). These each have different signs and symptoms:

  1. Migraines
    Typically present with pulsing head pain, nausea, difficulty tolerating bright light and difficulty tolerating noise.

  2. Tension-type headaches
    Usually present with a non-pulsing “band-like” pressure on both sides of the head, usually not accompanied by other symptoms.


With the widespread utilisation of computers, tablets, gaming consoles and smart phones, patients are spending much more time in front of screens, monitors and electronic devices. This has been noted as one of the new reasons we are seeing an increase in the reported incidence of neck pain and headache in Australia.

What Can Be Done

The chiropractors at Wagga Family Chiropractic are trained to recognise the difference between these two headaches and can recommend the best course of treatment to help with your issue.

Click below (or call 02 69212820) to book your next appointment and headache consultation.