Headache is one of the most common complaints throughout the medical industry. Headaches have many causes but the most common are cervicogenic headaches, tension headaches, eyestrain and sinus congestion.
Tension headaches usually occur as a result of tension in the body caused by stress. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by structures in the neck, commonly the sub-occipital muscles at the base of the skull and top of the neck.
Some headaches may also be caused by an alteration in how the jaw joint usually performs. This alteration can have an effect on the surrounding muscles or nerves causing pain in the head and face.
Osteopathy can help with headaches alongside other forms of treatment such as medical drugs, exercises and lifestyle changes.
An osteopath will try and differentiate which kind of headache you have by asking many questions during your case history. They will proceed to do some examination and gentle testing to further aid their diagnosis. They will then form an appropriate treatment plan specifically for you.
Osteopathic treatment for headaches may involve soft tissue massage and manipulations of the neck structures, lymphatic drainage and articulations to improve the blood supply to and from the area and encourage more free flowing movement through the structures. Facial drainage and gentle manipulation of facial bones will help to drain any sinus congestion relieving you of face and head pain.
An osteopath will also be able to give you advice, should you want it, on lifestyle choices that aggravating your headaches.