Osteopathy and Headaches
More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches regularly, making them one of the most common health complaints. But most aren’t serious and are easily treated.
In many cases, you can treat your headaches at home with over-the-counter painkillers and lifestyle changes, such as getting more rest ,eating regularly and drinking enough fluids.
However, it’s a good idea to see your GP if your headaches aren’t relieved by over-the-counter treatments, or if they’re so painful or frequent that they affect your daily activities or are causing you to miss work.
Some of the main types of headaches and common causes of headaches are described below;
Types of Headache
* Tension headache ( medically known as cervico -genic Headaches) *Migraine * Sinus * Hormonal- Women and young girls * Medication side effects * Cluster
- Osteopaths can treat “Tension” headaches, headaches that are arising from the neck ( Cervico- genic) and help in preventing migraines
- Visiting an Osteopath can help you diagnose your type of headache by taking a detailed case history and listening to your story.
- The Osteopath will also assess your whole posture to determine if there is an imbalance anywhere in your posture that may be leading to muscle tensions and strains, within the musculo -skeletal system, particularly in your upper back, shoulders or neck. Poor posture & changes in posture & stress are believed to contribute to Tension headaches, the most common type of headache.
- Osteopathic treatment can often help with the symptoms of “tension” headaches and prevent migraines because we are trained to assess you in a Holistic way and by treating the relevant muscles, ligaments and joints, improving the flexibility and mobility of the structures, using a varied range of manual therapy techniques.
- Osteopaths are trained to select the most appropriate type of techniques for you and your condition .It is always a good idea to discuss any concerns or preferences you have regarding types of treatment.
- Osteopaths are trained in clinical reasoning, and differential diagnosis, by checking for any signals of serious conditions, and will discuss with you if they feel they need to refer you to your GP or specialist.
- Osteopaths are trained to be able to offer you advice on posture /lifestyle changes that can help prevent reoccurrences of your tension headaches and migraines.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are what we think of as normal, “everyday” headaches. They feel like a constant ache that affects both sides of the head, as though a tight band is stretched around it.
A tension headache normally won’t be severe enough to prevent you doing everyday activities, but they can be a precursor to the onset of a migraine. Tension headaches have been linked to things such as stress, poor posture, skipping meals and dehydration.
10 Common Headache Triggers;
- Relaxing after a stress ! yes its true
- Pent up anger
- Poor posture
- Perfumes and cleaning chemicals
- Bad weather
- Teeth grinding
- Bright lights
- Foods – Turkey, cheese and chocolate are high on the list
- Sex ( during rather than before)
- Ice cream.
Ring our practice to make an appointment or speak to one of our Osteopaths about your headaches. 01937 584775
Go to this NHS link to find out more www.nhs.uk/conditions/Headaches/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Migraines are less common than tension headaches. They’re usually felt as a severe, throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraines tend to be more severe than tension headaches and can stop you carrying out your normal daily activities. They usually last at least a couple of hours, and some people find they need to stay in bed for days at a time.
Most people can treat their migraines successfully with over-the-counter medication. But if they’re severe, you may need stronger medication that’s only available on prescription from your GP. These may relieve and prevent your migraines. Osteopathic treatment has also been shown to help prevent the onset of a migraine.