Headaches are a complicated issue. Rather than a singular condition, there are over 100 different categories of headaches. The most common ones are tension headache, migraine, mixed headache, sinus headache and cervico-genic headache.
Obviously, the cardinal symptom with headache is head pain. One experiencing a headache can explain the ache to be located anywhere on the head, one sided, both sided or central. There are significant variances in the severity of pain that comes from different headaches. For example, tension headaches are usually mild, whilst migraines are classically a very intense head pain.
The causes of headaches are varied and complex. They range from muscle tension and neck issues, right through to complex interactions of neurology, hormones and fatigue.
There are numerous risk factors including genetics, other illnesses, injuries and dietary sensitivities.
Headaches and Osteopathy
Osteopathy can help with some forms of headache. A variety of treatments provided by an Osteopath can help where there is a contribution from muscular tension, the neck and with some migraine triggers. Osteopathy can form a significant part of treatment or a management plan for persistent headaches.