What is Headache?
Headache is one of the most common illnesses in Australia, with around 15 per cent of us taking painkillers for a headache at any given time. Because headaches are so common, most people think they are a normal part of life. However, a persistent headache is a sign that something is wrong.
The continual use of pain medication to combat headaches is akin to removing the warning light that alerts you to a problem in your car! Medication doesn’t solve your headache, it simply offers a short term solution to dull the pain.
Common Types of Headache
Tension headaches and migraine are the most common forms of headache and cluster headaches are most rare. Other common types of types of headache include sinus headache, rebound headache and exertion headache.
Causes of Headache
Headaches can result due to a variety of reasons including stress, poor posture, accidents, medications, environmental factors such as strong odours & pollution and dietary irregularities. Your osteopath is trained to assess whether your headache may be arising from a serious pathology and will immediately refer you to the most appropriate form of care without delay.
One of the most overlooked causes of headache is due to nerve irritation in the upper neck caused by poorly functioning spinal joints and hypertonic (stiff) vertebra muscles. Since the nerves of the upper neck supply areas of the scalp and face, irritation to these nerves can and often lead to headache.
Suggestions for Treating Headache
Osteopathy, myotherapy and massage are all common treatments for headache. By carefully restoring proper movement to the spinal joints of the neck, your osteopath or remedial massage therapist is able to significantly reduce the presence of nerve irritation and muscle tension helping to alleviate the cause of your headaches.
Your practitioner at Premier Health Partners is trained to determine the most appropriate form of treatment that is tailored specifically for you.
Contact us now for immediate advice regarding headache.