Headaches are extremely common and ranges from many different reasons and often have overlapping symptoms. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have also warned that over-medicating can also be a factor associated with chronic headaches.
Headaches commonly seen and treated here at Dynamic Osteopaths in Solihull are sub occipital / cervicogenic headaches, (from the neck), tension headaches and migraine headaches (from a vascular origin).
Differentiation can be difficult. Cervicogenic headache can often be one sided and related to neck pain and shoulder tension. Whereas migraines can often be related to aura (visual sensitivity), nausea and possibly vomiting.
Here at Dynamic Osteopaths Solihull and Henley In Arden we firstly like to examine your headache to distinguish possible causes that may be maintaining your headache. If we are happy that your headaches is coming from a musculo-skeletal origin and nothing more serious we will begin to treat the possible causes, which may include; trigeminal nerve and Temporomandibular joint (Jaw), sub Occipital muscles (at the back of the head) or/and spinal segmental restriction relating to increased muscular demand.
Our Osteopaths treat headaches with a combination of manual therapy and exercise therapy. Osteopaths here in Solihull may use many techniques to help ease headaches, from manipulation of the neck and upper spine joints to gentle soft tissue massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, acupuncture and trigger point therapy. Mobilisation exercises may also be given with advice on the huge importance of posture and maybe exercise control of the shoulder girdle, which indeed may be maintaining symptoms.
If you suffer with headaches and want to know if an osteopath can help please contact us at; www.dynamicosteopaths.com or leave a comment at the end of this blog.
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