Headaches come in many forms and there are many causes. They can be due to the presence of an illness or condition such as high blood pressure, a side effect of medication, or trauma to the head or neck.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and arise from muscle tension or joint strain in the neck and upper back which can be caused by stress, whiplash injury, poor posture, jaw problems, teeth grinding to name a few.
Osteopaths are trained to diagnose whether headaches are due to common causes or serious pathology. As manual therapists, osteopaths use their hands and observation skills to assess and identify the cause of musculoskeletal problems.
Osteopaths use a range of techniques to treat musculoskeletal imbalances by improving joint movement, muscle tone and blood flow. They also provide advice about posture and lifestyle to help headache sufferers manage their headaches. Your osteopath will ask you questions and carry out relevant tests before treatment to ensure that you are provided with the best possible care. You may be referred to other healthcare specialists if it is considered necessary.