Headaches and migraine prevention
A migraine is an intense and severe headache that usually comes with feelings of nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The cause of migraines is unfortunately not well understood, however, some known triggers are; stress, dehydration, food intolerances, fatigue, bright light exposure and hormonal changes.
A cervicogenic headache refers to a less severe type of headache that is caused by a dysfunction in the cervical spine, the neck. This could be tight muscles, stiff joints, poor posture, history of a neck injury such as whiplash or arthritic changes in the spine. This type of headache is really common in people who spend a lot of time working at a desk or driving.
Osteopathy can help reduce the intensity and frequency of these types of headaches and migraines by addressing and correcting the root cause of the problem. Osteopaths also offer postural advice and home exercise programs to work alongside hands-on treatment to prevent the reoccurrence of pain and injury.
Recent studies into the science of pain conclude that osteopathic treatment is an effective way of reducing and managing the occurrence of headaches and migraines. (link to study)