Headaches are a common complaint or problem and it is defined as pain in any region of the head. It may occur on both sides or one side of the head, isolated to a certain location, cause radiation such as from the back of the head to the front, or have a vice-like quality. A headache can vary from sharp pain, throbbing sensation or to a dull ache. Headaches may appear gradually or suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days. The common type of headaches include tension headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches and cervicogenic headaches.
Tension HeadachesAre the most common type of headaches and they feel like a constant pressure or ache around the head, especially around the temples and the back of the head and neck. Common triggers include stress, middle-aged and female.
Osteopathy & HeadachesAn osteopathy is a primary health care practitioner with appropriate skill and knowledge to assess your complaint and decide the most effective course of action. Osteopaths assess structural changes that may lead to immobility and dysfunction. They do thorough physical examination, including, observation, active movements, passive movements, special testing and palpation to form a diagnosis.
Osteopathic treatment will help:
- Improve spinal joint mobility
- Reduce muscular tension
- Reduce nerve irritation
- Improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck
- Help prevent future headaches with advice on posture, exercises and stretching
- Provide advice on improved ergonomic environment