Headaches Specialist

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

The Health Improvement Center

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C.

Chiropractor & Nutritionist located in Vienna, VA

Headaches are the most common form of pain and are a major reason people miss work and school and have to visit the doctor. Without proper treatment, your headaches could become severe and interfere with your daily activities. Call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Katie Thompson at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia, to receive diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your headaches.

Headaches Q & A

What are the different types of headaches?

Headaches fall into two main categories: primary and secondary.

Primary headaches

Primary headaches fall into four main groups:

  • Migraine
  • Tension
  • Short-lasting and severe
  • Miscellaneous group

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are symptoms of other underlying conditions. Some types of secondary headaches include:

  • Rebound headaches: overusing pain medication
  • Sinus headaches: inflammation and congestion in the sinus cavities
  • Spinal headaches: low pressure or volume of cerebrospinal fluid
  • Thunderclap headaches: sudden, severe headaches with multiple causes

What causes headaches?

Primary headaches result from events affecting the blood vessels and nerves in and around your head, which send pain signals to your brain. These include lifestyle factors like:

  • Drinking alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Eating certain foods, including those containing nitrates
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Changes in diet
  • Poor posture

Secondary headaches are by-products of:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Medication overuse
  • Stress or emotional conflict
  • High blood pressure
  • Head trauma
  • Nerve disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies

How are headaches treated?

The type of headache you have determines your treatment. The most common headache treatments involve various kinds of gentle adjusting techniques, including:

Impulse® Adjusting Technique

Dr. Thompson uses a small, handheld, spring-loaded instrument that delivers a gentle force to your spine to treat chronic and migraine headaches. The Impulse Adjusting Technique restores motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint causing your pain.

TTAPS Technique

Dr. Thompson uses a tapping movement that involves physically stimulating your sensory nerve terminals as a way to free you from headache pain.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology enables Dr. Thompson to evaluate your body using your musculoskeletal system to receive specific muscle weakness signals. These signals allow her to determine the cause of the internal problems causing your headaches.

Dr. Thompson also recommends nutritional supplements, including specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs as specific dietary deficiencies often lead to headaches.

It’s important to speak to Dr. Thompson before beginning a nutritional supplement regimen, so you avoid interactions with any other medications you take.

Not all nutritional supplements are regulated. To ensure your safety, Dr. Thompson recommends specific brands available through her office. It’s vital to tell all your doctors about the nutritional supplements you take to avoid problems during medical procedures.

If you suffer from headaches and want better treatment options, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Thompson at The Health Improvement Center.