Headache Specialist

Fremont Chiropractic

Steve Abercrombie, DC

Chiropractor & Active Release Technique Specialist located in Fremont, CA

Sometimes a headache is more than just an annoyance; it’s a painful experience with debilitating symptoms that disrupt your life. Steve Abercrombie, DC, at Fremont Chiropractic in Fremont, California, has 15 years of experience providing relief for chronic headaches (even those that haven’t responded to previous therapies). If you want to put an end to the pain, or even the nausea and visual disturbances that sometimes characterize migraines, call Fremont Chiropractic or schedule a consultation online today.

Headache Q & A

What is a headache?

Simply put, a headache is a pain in your head. The pain can involve your entire head, radiate from one area to another, take place on both sides simultaneously, or be isolated to one side.

Headache pain can be sharp, throbbing, or a dull ache, and vary in severity. Additional symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and vision disturbances (auras).

What causes headaches?

Your brain doesn’t feel pain. When you have a headache, you get pain signals from tissues in your head and neck. Brain chemicals may play a role in headaches, too.

Headaches are classified based on their causes. There are two types: primary and secondary.

Primary headaches

Problems or overactivity in pain-sensitive structures in the head causes primary headaches. The nerves and blood vessels around the skull may be a source of pain, as can the neck and head muscles.

Lifestyle factors trigger this type of headache, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Certain foods or beverages
  • Stress or emotions
  • Changes or lack of sleep


Common primary headaches include tension and cluster headaches and migraines.

Secondary headaches

In secondary headaches, another condition has triggered the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Conditions that can cause secondary headaches include:

  • Ear infections
  • Stroke
  • Sinusitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Dehydration


Sinus headaches and spinal headaches are two types of secondary headaches.

How can chiropractic care treat headaches?

To effectively treat your headache pain, Dr. Abercrombie conducts a thorough examination to determine the cause of your symptoms. If it’s due to a misalignment, he works to release restricted joints through several chiropractic techniques. He might recommend a combination of:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Traction therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutritional counseling


Dr. Abercrombie also utilizes Active Release Techniques or ART®. ART is a natural therapy designed to restore normal mobility and function to overused muscles and soft tissue.

This innovative massage technique treats conditions associated with the tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia, and nerves, making it an excellent option for headache treatment.

If you’re looking for gentle treatments that help the most challenging headaches, call Fremont Chiropractic today or schedule a consultation online.