Osteopathy can help reduce the pain of headaches.
It’s estimated that 1 in 30 adults suffer from chronic tension headaches (1). Most will reach for the paracetamol or ibuprofen (2) to help with the pain but a better answer for many would be to visit an osteopath. We focus on finding the underlying cause of the headaches and then offer treatment and advice that will keep them away for good.
What causes the headache?
Tension headaches can be caused by tight muscles of the neck and shoulders, which cause pain to be felt either the forehead, temples, back of the head or all of the above! These tight muscles could be as a result of your posture, working position, stress, sleep position or even your car!
Compression of the joints of the neck can also result in head pain. Different parts of your neck refer pain to different parts of your head. For example, if you’re stiff at the base of your neck, near your shoulders, this could cause pain at the back of your head whilst stiffness at the top of your neck, could appear as forehead pain or pain around the eyes.
As part of your first appointment, we’ll ask lots of questions to help build a picture of why you’re in pain now and work out what needs to be done.
How could an osteopath help?
As osteopaths, we’re focussed on finding the cause of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Osteopathic treatment of the tight muscles and manipulation of the joints of the neck, thorax and back can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches. We can also advise on exercise, posture and lifestyle changes which may help to keep the headaches at bay for good.
That’s got to be a better solution than just reaching for the painkillers!
Sounds good! What do I do now?
Simply send us an email to email@example.com or give us a call on 0115 981 5134 to have a chat about how we could help you get rid of the cause of the headaches, rather than just treating the symptoms.