Your skull feels like it has shrunk around your brain, your neck aches and you can’t think. You’ve got a headache again. But what type of headache do you have? Did the pain start in the head? Or is your neck or jaw tension the real cause of the problem?
Knowing what type of headache you have helps you decide how to manage your symptoms. Do you need pain-killers or would neck stretches and massage be better?
Many headaches have a musculoskeletal component, which means that the tight muscles in your neck, jaw and back or shoulders may be causing or contributing to your pain. Pain-killers can take the edge off these headaches, but a combination approach of manual therapy, stretches and postural changes may be beneficial if you’re seeking a long-term solution.
Below are some of the common types of headache that may have an underlying musculoskeletal component. Do any of these sound like you?
Do you think that your headache may be triggered by muscle tension?
Osteopaths (and some other manual therapists) are trained to understand which muscles, nerves and joints can contribute to headaches and to treat headaches that have a musculoskeletal cause or component.
How do we treat headaches at Pivot Osteopathy?
Firstly we seek to establish the type of headache you are suffering from through questions and a thorough physical examination, paying special attention to the neck, jaw and upper back.
Treatment involves a combination of hands-on therapy, postural education and stretches aimed at decreasing your symptoms. An important part of the treatment is learning skills that help you manage your headache outside the treatment room. At Pivot, we teach you personalised stretches and strengthening exercises, focused on your individual needs.
If you have lingering headaches and you think your neck, jaw or back might be contributing, book an appointment to see if osteopathy can help you reduce your pain and learn skills to keep it away.