A rough estimate is that 70% of headaches occur because they are related to musculoskeletal issues in the neck and upper back. These can take the form of tension type, often described as a mild-to-moderate, constant, band-like pain or pressure around the head, and can vary in length from 30 minutes to several days. With modern day life becoming increasingly hectic, factors such as emotional or mental stress, both at work and at home and depression. Other triggers can be not getting enough rest, poor posture which can take a variety of forms.
Many people end up on the merry-go-round of using painkillers and undergoing various consultations both with their GP and specialists but quite often there can be a relatively simple answer.
Treatment from an osteopath may help. Gentle massage to the tight muscles and manual techniques to loosen the joints of the neck, chest and upper back and can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches. On occasion it is necessary to look at the way a person moves and change some of these so that their body works more optimally producing less of a physical load (stress) on the body.
Osteopaths can also advise on exercise and lifestyle changes and offer guidance on simple changes to your posture when at work or when driving, or even making simple postural changes in your leisure activities which may help.
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 headaches and migraine facts or our page on osteopathy.