Osteopathy for Headaches Treatment

Headaches are a universal experience, with most of us encountering them at some point in our lives. While these head pains come in various forms and intensities, the causes behind them can be equally diverse. At Broadwater Osteopathic Practice, we understand the burden that headaches can impose on your life. We’re here to explore the underlying causes and provide treatments that offer relief.

The Three Culprits: Tension, Migraine, and Cervicogenic Headaches
Headaches come in different flavours, but they can primarily be categorized into three main types: tension, migraine, and cervicogenic headaches. Understanding the distinct characteristics of each can help guide our approach to treatment.

Tension Headache Treatment

Tension headaches often feel like a tight band encircling your head, and they may even extend over your eyes. These headaches can develop gradually, lasting for weeks or even months. The root cause is often attributed to the small muscles at the base of the skull, which, when tightened, can compromise blood flow and nerve function. Trauma, poor posture, stress, depression, and jaw issues are common triggers.

Our osteopathic intervention aims to alleviate neck and head tension, improving posture, and promoting relaxation. By addressing the underlying muscular tightness and contributing factors, we strive to bring lasting relief.

Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches are often characterized by one-sided, pulsating pain accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, sensitivity to light, noise, and odours. In some instances, they can lead to numbness, weakness on one side of the body, concentration difficulties, and coordination issues. Migraine triggers can vary widely, including stress, sleep deprivation, dietary factors, hormonal fluctuations, and family history.

While osteopathic treatment may benefit certain migraine sufferers, especially those with neck dysfunction and an inability to relax, it’s important to note that migraine management can be multifaceted. A study in 1995 of 218 patients with migraine found that Amitriptyline (a well-established effective drug for migraine) reduced headache scores by 24% at a four-week follow-up while spinal manipulation reduced the score by 42% (Source: JMPT, Boline DC, Kassam PhD et al, 1995). Our holistic approach aims to address potential causal factors and provide relief.

Osteopathy for Headaches Treatment​

Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches stem from issues within the neck. Connections exist between the brain, spinal cord, upper neck muscles, and ligaments. Irritation of these structures can lead to pain in the back of the head and neck. Patients with cervicogenic headaches often report neck pain and stiffness alongside their headaches. Common triggers include neck wear and tear, whiplash, poor posture, and spinal mechanical issues.

Headache treatment in Worthing, Sussex

Our osteopaths focus on enhancing neck mechanics, reducing strain, improving posture, and promoting relaxation and overall well-being. Our approach is rooted in individualised care. We recognise that each headache type requires a unique strategy for relief. Acupuncture, massage and reflexology treatments may be suggested in conjunction with osteopathy to help alleviate headache symptoms.

Whether you’re suffering from tension, migraine, or cervicogenic headaches, our experienced team at Broadwater Osteopathic Practice is dedicated to finding the right solutions for you.

When to Seek Medical Advice

Persistent or concerning head pain should prompt a consultation with your GP. This is particularly important if your headache follows a head injury or suddenly appears with severe symptoms and visual disturbances. If you experience a headache drastically different from your usual ones, it’s wise to seek medical evaluation before pursuing osteopathic treatment.

Broadwater Osteopathic Practice is committed to providing effective headache relief through osteopathy and complementary therapies like acupuncture. We understand that each headache type demands a tailored approach, and our experienced team is here to guide you on your journey to a headache-free life. Don’t let headaches hold you back; let us help you find relief and well-being.

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