6 ways Osteopathy can treat headaches

At Back to Active, we often see clients with persistent headache symptoms coming to the clinic for treatment. Whilst headaches can be caused by a number of factors, stiff muscles and neck strain, often enhanced by poor posture, are the most common causes of the headaches we treat. As well as providing short term relief, our team are trained to investigate and treat the underlying triggers of headaches, to help minimise occurrence in the long term.

Here’s an interesting article we came across on She Said, written in conjunction with Osteopathy Australia, looking at specific ways your Osteopath can help manage headaches:

“According to the World Health Organisation the most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include might include:

  • Eye strain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Whiplash injury
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
  • Infection
  • Allergies and food intolerances

Poor posture can cause a range problems including back pain, spinal problems, poor circulation, joint degeneration and rounded shoulders. Osteopaths and other health professionals are witnessing a huge surge in the cases of the “iPhone neck”. Our smart devices aren’t so smart when it comes to health, and all that hunching is causing dire effects on our posture.

Osteopathy Australia reminds that there are certain ways your osteopath can help to release the pain and advise you on how to avoid the headaches in the future.

Your osteopath can help to:

  1. improve your general mobility
  2. improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
  3. reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
  4. advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
  5. offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
  6. advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace

You should also seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting, bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears, dizziness, blurred vision or speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis.

If you experience headaches regularly, keeping a headache diary can help identify these triggers and ultimately help them avoid them. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms, frequency and other. Your Osteopath will help you identify triggers such as certain foods, sleep habits, exercise and posture.”

If you suffer from headaches on a regular basis, come in and have a chat to see how one of our Osteopaths can help.

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