Headaches can often be treated successfully by osteopathic intervention. Causes of headaches are many and varied, from classical migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches.
The term migraine is often misused and applied to very bad headaches. Migraines are always single sided and will often be accompanied by one or more of the following associated symptoms:
Photophobias, nausea, auras either visual or olfactory are frequently present.
Whilst migraine headaches are not well understood, many appear to occur as the result of a chemical imbalance, often of a hormonal nature. A complete assessment of lifestyle, emotional and psychological factors is required to enable a management plan to be created.
Cluster headaches are also a poorly understood phenomenon. Here headaches may occur at the same time everyday for several weeks and then seem to spontaneously disappear. These headaches appear to be frequently related to stiffness at the bottom of the neck and freeing of this joint can be beneficial in these cases
Tension in the muscles at the base of the skull or in the upper neck can cause irritation of the Greater Ocipital nerve that passes over the base of the skull and this often provokes occipital headaches which may in certain circumstances create pain behind the eyes, known as Arnold’s Neuralgia. Osteopathic treatment is almost always successful in treating this form of headaches.
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