9 June 2020
Headaches: Can Osteopathy Help
Headaches are a common health problem and one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. They can be either chronic or episodic in nature, with approximately 50% of adults globally experiencing at least one headache per year and up to 4% being affected more than 15 days each month (World Health Organisation, 2016).
Headaches are generally classified as either primary or secondary. The majority of which are primary, which means they are not caused by another health problem or by medication, such as migraines and tension-type headaches. If you present with a headache at your consultation with your osteopath (or healthcare professional) we will ask you a series of questions to describe the headache and any other symptoms, as not all headaches are the same. This will help to better identify the cause and rule out the need for further investigation.
Headaches arising from the neck and surrounding soft tissues, called cervicogenic headaches, are commonly seen and treated by osteopaths. Some of the symptoms of cervicogenic headaches include pain that begins in the neck and the back of the head and radiates towards the front of the head. These can also be headaches that get worse with neck movement and reduce the range of natural motion in the neck.
Treatments for cervicogenic headaches can vary depending on the person and their presentation of symptoms. Once the cause of the headache is identified, a management plan will be developed which is unique to the individual and their lifestyle using gentle manual therapy techniques to mobilise joints and reduce muscle tension in the neck and upper back.
If you are struggling with headaches please call the clinic and speak to the Osteopathic Team who will be able to advise you as to whether Osteopathy might help.