A headache is a common medical condition which can affect anyone. The intensity of pain will vary between individuals from minor discomfort to severe pain which may be short lasting or persist for days and even weeks.

The types of headaches are: tension headaches and migraines. Tension headaches are linked to tension in shoulders and the neck. Migraines are severe headaches that may also present with nausea.

Osteopathy is used to effectively manage and relieve headaches by treating underlying causes.

Headaches may be caused by many factors.

These include:

  • posture
  • tension
  • inactivity
  • high blood pressure
  • medication side effect
  • joint restriction
  • dehydration
  • food allergy
  • muscle pain
  • stress
  • skipping meals
  • lack of sleep
  • hormone imbalance

Treatment with Osteopathy

Management of headaches with osteopathy includes obtaining your medical history, relief of pain with the use of variety of techniques that adopt a holistic approach. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle manipulation of the skull and very effective in the treatment of headaches in adults. Other options include:

  • massage of neck and upper back
  • reducing the frequency of recurring pain
  • structural osteopathic treatment
  • musculoskeletal acupuncture

Your osteopath will also advise you on the appropriate stretches and exercise, stress management, diet and correct posture when attending to daily tasks.