With modern day life becoming increasingly hectic, factors such as emotional or mental stress, both at work and at home, not getting enough rest are but a few causes of such headaches.
However it is equally common for people's posture to be a cause of such headaches, for example people spending time hunched over their laptop, tablet and increasingly their phone, or tightly gripping the steering wheel in the car as they focus on the traffic around them.
Similarly the effects of stress and tension has a huge influence on posture, with people holding tension in their neck with their shoulders held up by their ears, clenching their teeth and holding their breath.
All of this often ends up with frequent trips to the GP or use of medications such as paracetamol or stronger to get relief, which if used too frequently can in fact induce a headache in itself.
So how could an osteopath help this?
Osteopathy is traditionally a manual therapy which aims to reduce pain and restore function. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that well-being of the individual is based on the neuro-musculo-skeletal system (nerves, muscles, skeleton and connective tissue) all working harmoniously together.
steopaths place much emphasis on use of touch. They use physical manipulation such as joint articulation and release (manipulation), stretching and a variety of soft tissue massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanisms.
Osteopaths also provide advice on posture; increasing people's awareness of what their body is doing and will also use exercise to aid recovery. In doing to osteopaths will promote health and aim to prevent symptoms recurring and in doing to so work to restore a state of balance in the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
If you'd like to know more please feel free to email, or speak to any our experienced team of Osteopaths at the Centre, or see http://www.centreforcomphealth.co.uk/osteopathy.html.