Headache is a common complaint which is usually short- lived, but for some people head pain can become chronic and debilitating. Conventional medications can provide immediate relief but many people would rather try and find a more permanent solution.
How can Osteopathy help?
The most common type of headache is a ‘tension headache’ which can develop as a result of poor posture, injury or emotional stress.
The muscles in the back of the neck and under the base of the skull become tense and cause stiffness in the small facet joints in the neck, irritating pain sensitive nerves and even altering the blood flow to the brain which can trigger migraine type headaches.
There are no diagnostic tests for tension headaches; the crucial tool is the case history.
Osteopaths are trained to listen to the patient’s story, ask the right questions and screen out patients who present worrying symptoms that may necessitate a medical referral.
How can Acupuncture help?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of problems.
Extensive medical studies have now shown that Acupuncture is effective in treating and alleviating painful states i.e. migraine and headaches.
Many patients also report a feeling of extreme relaxation and improved sleep after an acupuncture session, which also helps reduce muscle tension and stresses in the body.