There are a large number of different types of headaches and migraines and if you suffer from headaches or migraines this needs to be looked into properly so you can get the right help for the right type of headache or migraine that you are suffering from, having said that, the majority of headaches and migraines are treatable and manageable and are not caused by some sort of neck or head pathology. To keep things simple we are just going to look at the most common forms of headaches, these being tension type headaches and cervicogenic headaches and we can relate all of this to neck pain.
Tension type headaches
Tension type headache can be described as a tightening on both sides of the head and can be felt like a pressure or tightening band over the forehead. These types of headaches can be very frequent and could be suffered with for some time. Typically there are no visual disturbances, nausea or vomiting but it can last between 30 minutes to 7 days.
Cervicogenic headaches are a type of headache that arises from compromised structures in the neck such as a restricted spinal joint and/or tension through the muscles at the base of skull and upper neck. These headaches will present on one side of the head from the base of the skull up over the side of the head to the face.
What causes my headaches and neck pain?
Neck pain can be linked to causing both of these types of headaches.
· Osteopathy is an effective way to treat both these types of headaches and neck pain.
· There are also some key points to consider when you work from a desk or are constantly looking down at a screen, whether that is a laptop or your phone or tablet.
· Your desk needs to be set up correctly and specifically for you.
· Move from your desk at least every 30 minutes
· Stretch at the end of the day
· Keep hydrated.
Your Osteopath can help you with all the above and provide you with effective treatment should it be appropriate.
In order for you to reach your potential your Osteopath will take a thorough case history, carry out an in depth examination which includes an Osteopathic, Orthopedic and Neurological assessment. You will then receive our best recommended treatment plan and advice in your Report of Findings, followed by treatment.
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