Headaches can be caused by a number of reasons, and the discomfort from a headache can have a negative impact on your mood, affecting your behavior and life. Often headaches are caused due to tension or strains within the structure of the neck, including tensions or strain in the joints and muscles of both the upper back and next.
If you are suffering from headaches you may wish to book an appointment with an osteopath. We treat patients suffering from headaches using gentle massage techniques, manipulating and loosening the joints of the neck and lower back to relieve the build-up of tension in your muscles.
You may find that your headaches are caused by lifestyle issues, such as posture at work or at home, or maybe from activities such as driving. As part of your treatment, we will discuss the possible reasons behind your headaches and will be able to offer advice, guidance and suggest exercises to help prevent the return of your pain.
Neck pain is very common, and can be caused by many reasons. If you spend all day working on a computer, you may not have correct posture, and may be bent over your keyboard, your muscles tightening through the day. If you're a driver, sitting in the same position all day in a poor driving position may be contributing to pain in your neck. Even stress and tiredness may have an impact on the muscles in your neck and upper back, which may be an influencing factor.
Trapped or irritated nerves may be causing you pain, making life uncomfortable for you, sometimes this may be accompanied by pins and needles, sometimes next and back problems can manifest as headaches, as mentioned earlier. Simply getting older, with stiffness in your joints, or osteoarthritis may be an influencing factor.
An Osteopath Can Help Treat Your Neck Pain
Treatment from your osteopath may include a range of gentle manipulations to reduce tension in your muscles. Osteopathic massage techniques on your tissues, gently rocking your joints, can help to release tension, moving joints, and enabling pain-free movement.
Every individual is different, sometimes we may treat other areas of your back, neck or shoulders to get to the root of the problem. We will advise you how you can improve your posture through working, sitting or driving in a better position. We will advise on exercises or stretching techniques to minimise problems occurring in the future.
If necessary, we may refer you to your GP if we feel any additional treatments or investigations are necessary. Sometimes we may refer to for X-rays, scans or other tests if we feel this is appropriate.