Headaches can be extremely painful and debilitating. There are many different reasons why people get headaches which can include the following;
There are other more serious conditions too that can cause headaches such as tumours, meningitis, encephalitis and hypertension. Your case history will determine if referral back to your GP is required if you present with symptoms of these conditions. This is rare.
Otherwise headache treatment with Osteopathy can be extremely beneficial for any of the conditions listed above.
Headaches originating from the neck can cause pain to the back, sides and frontal regions of the head, even spreading to the jaw and eye areas. This is due to irritation of the nerves that come from the neck to supply areas around the head. headache treatment with Osteopathy will work on areas of dysfunction in the neck to release the nerves and associated soft tissue structures contributing to the pain. Generally a combination of manipulation and soft tissue massage will help.
Migraine treatment aims to examine the causes of migraines triggers which can sometimes be difficult to establish. Migraine attacks can be exacerbated for example by stress, certain foods, alcohol, menstruation or family history. I always encourage my patients who come for migraine treatment to keep a diary of their activities, diet and emotions so via a process of elimination, their migraine triggers can be determined. migraine treatment with Osteopathy usually incorporates non direct techniques including cranial, basic ligamentous and other forms of soft tissue treatment.