Headaches are a common complaint. Thankfully for most people they are short-lived, but head pain can be chronic and debilitating for some. Although conventional medications can provide immediate relief they can also produce side-effects (nausea, constipation etc). Osteopathy is an alternative, complementary treatment for both headaches and migraines.
Most headaches are caused by tension and poor posture with prolonged muscle tightness in the neck. This leads to compression of the joints and nerves. This then causes pain and restriction in the movement of bodily fluids, particularly blood and lymph. Poor circulation affects the delivery of oxygen to the brain and prevents the removal of waste products, which also creates pain and discomfort.
Whilst Osteopathy can provide relief for headaches, it stops short of claiming that it can cure them. Treatment involves massage of the muscles and manipulation of the neck and spinal joints. Stretching of the muscles and supporting ligaments causes the muscle spasms to relax, allowing better movement and drainage of bodily fluids.