Nearly everyone has a headache at some stage of their life. Constant reoccurring headaches can become debilitating. There are many types of headaches so it is important to get a diagnosis from a qualified health professional.
The most common form of headache is a tension headache, affecting a third of men and half of women at some stage. Tension headache is usually brought on by an irritation or inflammation of pain sensitive structures in the head and neck. The pain can feel like a dull ache, pressure and or tenderness in the head and neck. Osteopaths commonly treat tension headaches by releasing muscles and improving mobility though the joints of the head and neck.
Migraines are another common headache that can also be felt as dull or throbbing pain in the head or neck. Migraines can have other symptoms with the headache including nausea, vomiting and changes in vision. Although Osteopaths can assist in the management of migraines it is important to get headaches accompanied by these symptoms checked out by a G.P.
Headaches or head pain can also be felt as referred pain from other structures such as your jaw or muscles in your head and neck. This can be from trigger points or irritation within the muscle. Osteopaths can help locate trigger points and treat the muscle and joint to relive your head pain.