Headaches are so much more complex than we often realise. The fact that they often have multiple causes is why osteopaths can help more than you think.

Some of the common causes of a headache include:

  • Neck tightness (cervicogenic headache)
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor posture
  • Side effects from medication
  • Poor posture
  • Fatigue

What you might not realise is that it’s common for more than one of these causes to be contributing to a single headache. I often hear patients say but my headache is due to this new medication or I’ve only got a headache because I’m stressed at the moment. Sometimes these comments are true, but often with osteopathic treatment we are able to reduce or get rid of the headache. This means that their neck tightness was causing the headache. Does that mean the patient was wrong? Well, sometimes but other times their headache was due toboth.

In practice I experience this every week! That’s why it’s worth getting a check-up from an osteopath if you’ve got a headache, especially if you get them regularly. Because more often than not your headache will have a musculoskeletal component to it, and that is our specialty! After a thorough assessment, we will know if there are any underlying factors at the root cause of your pain, then we can treat them. We also have the knowledge to refer you to other health professionals if we feel there are other factors involved.

If you feel that you could benefit from the help of an osteopath, contact us today to get on top of your headache.