Osteopaths for Migraines or Headaches

If you suffer from severe headaches or migraines then you might want to consider visiting an osteopath (or a cranial osteopath).

Causes of Headaches and Migraines

Headaches can be caused by a number of things including stress, poor posture, loud noise, and the weather and brain tumours. Whilst your osteopath will probably not be able to influence the great British weather, they will be able to alleviate your symptoms and help you to manage your lifestyle to reduce the frequency of your headaches.

Migraines are not just “bad headaches”. They tend to last for around three days and these headache episodes are accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, aversion to bright lights, sweating etc. You may also experience an “aura” with your migraine. This means that you might have a loss of vision, have altered feeling or numbness or have problems speaking. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from migraines then you may know that you have something that triggers your migraine or your migraines may occur spontaneously.

Osteopathic Treatment for Headaches and Migraines

Osteopathy will help your headaches by increasing your feeling of relaxation if they are initiated by stress. Your osteopath may diagnose your headache as being due to poor posture or imbalance in your body structure. They will then be able to treat the source of your headache which should vastly reduce the number of headaches that you experience. They will do this using massage on your soft tissue that rebalances your body structure and advice you how to alter your posture in order to retain this balance.

If you suffer from migraines then your osteopath will be able to advice you about ways to alleviate your symptoms during your migraine (by suggesting changes to your posture during your episodes). Your osteopathic treatment may include methods to increase the blood supply to your brain which may act to reduce the number of migraines that you experience.

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