Headaches & Migraines
Headaches commonly arise from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper back. Other causes can include eyestrain, sinus problems, whiplash injury, stress, poor posture, jaw imbalances, teeth grinding, infection and allergies. If the presentation appears to be a more serious problem, the osteopath will manage and refer the patient as necessary. When not serious, the osteopath can help diagnose the cause and assist in alleviating the headache through improving mobility and reducing muscular tension in the back, ribcage, head and jaw as well as advise on posture, diet, ergonomics and exercises.
Note: Be sure to seek professional advice if the headache you are having is accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding/fluid from ears or nose, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis. This is especially important if this is the first time you are experiencing this headache.