Headaches are a common problem that affects people of all ages and genders. There are several types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches, each with their own unique symptoms and causes.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are often caused by stress or muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. Migraines are characterized by a throbbing pain on one side of the head and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Cluster headaches are less common but are often described as the most severe type of headache and are characterized by a stabbing pain around one eye.

Osteopathy can help to relieve the symptoms of headaches by addressing the underlying causes of the problem. Osteopaths use a range of techniques, including massage, joint mobilization, and stretching, to help alleviate muscle tension and improve blood flow to the head and neck.

Research has shown that osteopathy can be an effective treatment for headaches. A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that osteopathic treatment was effective in reducing the frequency and severity of tension headaches. Another study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that osteopathy was effective in reducing the symptoms of migraines.

In conclusion, headaches can be a debilitating problem, but osteopathy can help to alleviate the symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. If you suffer from headaches, consider visiting an osteopath to see how they can help you.

 

References:
  • Chaibi, A., Tuchin, P. J., & Russell, M. B. (2015). Manual therapies for migraine: a systematic review. The journal of headache and pain, 16(1), 1-9.

  • Castien, R. F., Van Der Windt, D. A., Grooten, A., Dekker, J., & Mutsaers, B. (2011). Effectiveness of manual therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a pragmatic, randomised, clinical trial. Cephalalgia, 31(2), 133-143.