Osteopathy can help to reduce the severity and frequency of headaches. Osteopathic techniques work to correct the posture of the neck and release tension in muscles surrounding the neck and jaw, which may be causing headaches. Your osteopath can also give you advice on exercises you can do, or lifestyle changes you can make at home, to decrease or stop your headaches.
Osteopathy can also help with sinus drainage. This can decrease headache pain caused by congested sinuses.
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What symptoms might you be experiencing?
Headaches can be accompanied by other symptoms, including:
- Pain around the head, neck and jaw
- Neck stiffness
- Pain around the face – especially the eyes
- Visual disturbances
Don’t suffer in silence. We can help you find ways to alleviate the pain of headaches, coming up with long-term solutions.
What may be causing headaches?
- A loss of the C-shaped curve that should be in your neck
- Tightness of muscles in the neck caused by stress, whiplash or other impact injuries
- The head sitting too far forward on the shoulders
- Lack of water, lack of sleep, increased levels of stress, poor eyesight
- Sleeping on a pillow that’s the wrong height
- Poor desk posture
How can osteopathy help you with headaches?
We begin by working to find the cause of your headaches. We can then carry out effective treatments and work to provide long-term solutions.
Ensure your neck
is in the correct posture and your head is sitting back on your shoulders. This will reduce pressure on the neck, shoulders and jaw muscles. We can use a mixture of techniques and tools, such as stretching, manipulations, muscle energy techniques, and posture correction wedges
Provide a long-term solution.
Your osteopath can give you exercises to do at home between sessions, ensuring you are doing as much as you can to reduce headaches as quickly as possible.
Decompress the neck
and release any tension within the skull itself, which can also help to reduce headaches.
Help with sinus headaches.
Many people get recurring sinus headaches because their head is sitting too far forward, cutting off the drainage supply so the infection can’t fully leave the sinuses. Your osteopath can help by draining the sinuses and then ensuring the head and neck are in the correct posture, giving your body the best chance of removing the infection fully.
Tips for dealing with headaches
and sleep for six to eight hours each night.
is set up at your eye level so you’re not constantly looking down at the screen.
Peppermint oil is known for its decongestive properties, and eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
ensuring your shoulders and back are down and your head is against the wall too. This will help take pressure off your neck muscles.
It’s very important you visit a professional. Headaches can have many causes, so you need the correct diagnosis first. If you attempt to treat them yourself or you simply take painkillers, you could be masking a more serious health complaint.
treating lifelong headaches
Find out how we helped our patient solve headaches she’d been experiencing for her whole life.
Our patient was in her late forties when she visited OsteoWellbeing. She had suffered with headaches her whole life and actually came to the clinic for shoulder pain. She would normally swim daily to keep her headaches under control, but because her shoulder was hurting, she could not do this and so her headaches were getting worse.
We carried out some treatment to release muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, but also to correct her neck posture. The patient also used our peppermint and eucalyptus candle, and exercised at home to help improve her posture. Not only is she now back to swimming, with her shoulder feeling great, she no longer suffers with her headaches!
What did our patient think?
Have had a couple of treatments for shoulder and neck problem. Already feeling an improvement. But the bigger bonus is NO headaches!!
Thank you Süheyla so much.
How else can we help?
Shoulder, hip and knee pain
Do you get pain in your shoulder, hip or knee? We can help correct these issues for you.
Lower back and neck pain
We can help with back and neck pain by decreasing pressure on the spine and correcting your posture.
We can help with these issues by decompressing your spine, allowing your damaged disc to retract.
Osteopathy can improve foot and ankle alignment so that plantar fasciitis can heal. We can also provide you with insoles to help prevent problems reoccurring.
Osteopathy can balance out sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, helping you feel more relaxed and able to get on with your day.
Osteopathy can help to release the sciatic nerve which could be causing your symptoms, giving you relief and helping with your recovery.
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Osteopathy can help increase your range of motion and decrease the pain you’re feeling in your elbow.
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Osteopathy can help slow down the process of degeneration that leads to arthritis.
Osteopathy can help the body to repair sports injuries quicker and prevent them happening again, getting you back to your training.
Aches and pains during pregnancy
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