Osteopathy: an effective approach to headache treatment.
The most common type of headache originates from muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include:
- eye strain
- sinus congestion
- whiplash injury
- poor posture
- jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
- allergies and food intolerances.
Your Osteopath can help to:
- improve your general mobility
- improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
- reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
- improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck
- advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
- offer guidance on diet and hydration
- advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace.
Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are trained to differentiate between headaches with common causes and those due to serious pathology. You should always seek advice from a health professional, including an osteopath, if you get a headache after a head trauma and/or the headache is getting worse.
You should also seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by:
- nausea or vomiting
- bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears
- blurred vision or speech
- numbness, tingling or paralysis.