The most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness, or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region.
Depending on your presentation an osteopath may:
- Work on your general mobility
- Improve the mobility of your ribs, thoracic and cervical spine
- Investigate muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
- Advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
- Offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
- Advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace
You should seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Blurred vision or slurred speech
- Numbness, tingling or paralysis
Did you know?
- Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. A headache is rarely caused by serious underlying disease
- Your osteopath may be able to assist with treatments that reduce the need for headache medications.
- Your osteopath is a primary health care practitioner with the training and skills to assess your complaint and develop the most effective course of action (including referral when clinically indicated).
- Your osteopath can assess structural changes that may lead to immobility, pain and dysfunction. Your osteopath will usually perform a thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation, to form a diagnosis and treatment plan.
- If you get regular headaches, try keeping a headache diary. Keeping a headache diary can help identify triggers and ultimately help avoid them. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms and frequency. This diary will provide your osteopath with important information.