Valued Health Osteopathy, Bentleigh East
Osteopathy and Headaches
Headaches are one of the most common health concerns in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, approximately 15 percent of us are taking pain- relieving medication for a headache at any given time. People of any age can be affected, however those between the ages of 25-44 years are more likely to suffer from headaches. Headaches can vary in intensity and may be debilitating at times. Headaches can also present with other symptoms such as dizziness, nausea or visual changes.
There are many types of headaches with a multitude of causes. There are tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines or occasionally headaches can be associated with a pathological cause. The Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy, East Bentleigh will always question you about your headache and perform a thorough assessment. This allows us to determine if Osteopathy may help you or if you should see your GP for further advice. Any new or persistent headache should always be discussed with your health care professional.
The most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region*. Other causes may include:
– Eye strain
– Sinus congestion
– Whiplash injury
– Jaw pain, clenching, teeth grinding
– Diet/ nutrition
– Certain medications
As Osteopaths, we are trained to differentiate between headaches with a common cause or those due to a serious pathology. If we are concerned about your headaches, we have close relationships with other local health professionals so are able to refer you as required.
You should always seek professional advice if your headache is accompanied by:
– Nausea or vomiting
– Blurred vision or speech
– Dizziness or loss of balance
– Numbness or tingling, particularly in the arms, hands or face.
Depending on the presentation of your headache, the Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy may:
– Work to improve your general mobility
– Improve the mobility of your neck, ribs and thoracic spine
– Investigate muscular tension and nerve irritation
– Give you advice regarding exercise, posture and stretches to help reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence. This may also include giving advice regarding work/ home ergonomics.
If you do experience regular headaches, a headache diary may be of benefit. By keeping a headache diary you may identify triggers or a pattern to your headaches and therefore develop strategies to avoid them. A headache diary also allows documentation of important details about your headache, such as intensity, associated symptoms (nausea, visual changes etc) and frequency. A copy of the NPS headache diary can be found here.
If you would like more information regarding headaches or would like to see if Osteopathy may help you,
please call us on (03) 9570 9061 or book online.
*according to World Health Organisation Factsheet #277