Let’s talk about headaches, migraines & how osteopathy can help:
Headaches and Migraines are two separate conditions, both of which can benefit from the right kind of lifestyle advice and treatment. Headaches are extremely common, with 90% of the population suffering with at least one headache during their lifetime!
- Affect half of the head – the ‘Mi’ of migraine derives from the greek word for half: ‘hemi’
- Sufferers are affected by changes to their vision: coloured/wavey lines, tunnel vision and blurred vision
- Sensitivity to loud noises and to light
- Nausea and dizziness
- Sufferers feel dull, aching head pain
- Sensations of tightness and pressure across your forehead and/or on the sides and back of your head
- Tenderness on your scalp,neck and shoulder muscles
Most often headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors. This includes dehydration, low blood sugar, sleep deprivation, cold/flu, medication over-use and eye-strain.
However, if you are experiencing any of the following headache symptoms, please seek urgent medical advice:
- A SEVERE, sudden onset headache (although rare, this may indicate a bleed on the brain or other major health issues).
- If this is your first, worst or you are experiencing a sudden “thunderclap headache”.
- If you are over the age of 50 AND you have never experienced a headache before.
- A persistent headache after a trauma to your head or neck.
- If you have a headache, high-fever or feel unwell.
- If your headache is accompanied by unexplained symptoms e.g. visual disturbance, sudden loss of hearing, loss of balance, or changes in bowel or bladder function.
- If you usually experience headaches, but they are progressively getting worse.
- Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that are a symptom of dysfunction in the neck. This can be facet joint inflammation, muscular tension and active trigger points or knots in the muscle tissue of the neck; all of which can cause pain to radiate into the head.
An osteopath can accurately assess your symptoms, when they are taking your case history, and diagnose your head pain. This will allow them to guide you towards how best to manage your symptoms and treatment with your Osteopath can be hugely helpful.
Treatment will usually involve massage, articulation, manipulation and dry needling techniques. If you would like to find out more get in touch!