Headache & Migraine

Headache is a widespread complaint with varying symptoms. The pain intensity can range from a dull ache to an inability to work and socialise. Primary headaches can be caused by muscle tension, stress, jaw clenching and fatigue.

We ask a lot of questions and perform a thorough examination for headache patients. We are always on the look out for secondary headaches, which are caused by an underlying medical condition. If we identify anything of concern, we will refer you for appropriate medical attention.

There is low level evidence that supports osteopathic treatment to reduce pain intensity and frequency of tension type headache (1) and migraine (2). Treatment will be focused on the upper back, neck and jaw to relieve musculoskeletal tension which may be contributing to your pain. Sensible advice and simple exercises will be provided to help you manage away from the treatment room.

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Migraine

Migraine is not just a bad headache. It is a series of chemical and electrical changes in the brain. Symptoms include pain, nausea/vomiting and visual changes. A migraine typically has specific triggers and follows a pattern – prodrome, headache, washout.

For more information on migraine check out our blog here

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(1) Cerritelli F, Lacorte E, Ruffini N, Vanacore N. Osteopathy for primary headache patients: a systematic review. Journal of Pain Research. 2017;10:601-611. doi:10.2147/JPR.S130501.

(2) Cerritelli F, Caprari E, Di Vincenzo M et al. Is osteopathic manipulative treatment effective in migraine? IJOM. 2013;16(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2013.01.001