It is highly likely that everyone has suffered from a headache or migraine. There are so many forms and so many causes but the one common denominator is that muscular tension and joint stiffness in the neck are usually present. Most pain we experience is from irritated nerve endings in inflamed and tight muscles so when we experience headache it is generally from muscles of the face, head, neck and shoulders. Other factors such as high blood pressure, menstrual cycle, emotional stress, sinus congestion and dehydration can further increase the likelihood and intensity of headaches.
Osteopaths are able to reduce the muscular tension and joint stiffness in the neck, which can have both immediate and long-term relief of headache.
Osteopaths will go a step further and search for the reasons behind the neck stiffness, which more often than not is a result of repetitive postures causing upper back and shoulder restriction ultimately increasing pressure on the neck.
Apart from seeing an osteopath for safe and effective treatment other tips to manage headaches are:
– Drink plenty of water
– Stretch regularly (particularly chest, shoulders and neck)
– Get advice on workstation ergonomics
– Change your position regularly (e.g get out of chair frequently)
– Avoid poor postures outside work hours (e.g laptop on lap, slouching on couch)