A new clinic is opening at Moore Osteopathy in West Bridgford, designed to help people who suffer from recurrent migraines, and headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic).
It’s estimated that 1 in 30 adults suffer from chronic headaches. Most will reach for the paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease the pain but, for many, visiting an osteopath may be a better solution. If the headaches are arising from the neck, osteopaths can then offer treatment and advice to keep them away for good.
What causes headaches?
There are several causes of headaches, such as tight muscles in the neck and shoulders which cause pain in the forehead, temples and/or back of the head. These tight muscles could be as a result of your posture, working position, stress, sleeping position or even how you sit in your car. Compression of the joints in the neck can also result in head pain. Different parts of your neck refer pain to different parts of your head. For example, if you’re stiff at the base of your neck, near your shoulders, this could cause pain at the back of your head whilst stiffness at the top of your neck, could appear as forehead pain or pain around the eyes.
How could an Osteopath help?
Osteopathy offers a natural way to manage pain, without painkillers. Osteopaths are focused on finding the cause of the pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. Treatment of the tight muscles and manipulation of the joints of the neck, thorax and back can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches. An osteopath will also advise on exercise, posture and lifestyle changes which may help to keep headaches at bay.
What about migraine prevention?
There are many different causes of migraines, but osteopathy may be effective in preventing some types of migraines.
Newly appointed, Chris Glover, will be running the new clinic.
Chris gained his Masters degree in Osteopathy at the London School of Osteopathy. Since then he has trained in advanced spinal manipulations, has gained extensive experience in the treatment and management of many musculoskeletal conditions and specialises in the treatment of headaches and neck pain.
“Headaches are a common symptom that most people have experienced. However if they seem to be occurring more frequently, it may be very beneficial to see an osteopath to ascertain the cause. Studies have shown that osteopathic treatment may be as effective as some medications in managing pain from headaches, without the side effects. Finding and fixing the cause can eliminate the problem altogether.”
The Headache & Migraine clinic will run at 2pm on Wednesdays from March at Moore Osteopathy on Melton Road. To book an appointment visit http://www.mooreosteopathy.co.uk or call 0115 981 5134