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Osteopathy for Headaches & Migraine

A headache is a general term used to describe pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. Migraines, on the other hand, are a type of headache that is usually more severe and intense than a regular headache. Migraines are often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. Migraines can last for several hours or days, and they can be debilitating, making it difficult to perform daily activities.

If you're seeking personalised and effective osteopathic treatment for headache or migraine in Ivanhoe, look no further than Matrix Health & Performance. Our experienced osteopaths are well-versed in treating various causes of these conditions.

Read below for the different types of headaches & migraine:

  1. Tension headaches: These are typically caused by muscle tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. The pain is often described as a tight band around the head.

  2. Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches cause excruciating pain that is usually focused around one eye. They often occur in clusters, with multiple headaches happening in a short period of time.

  3. Sinus headaches: These are caused by inflammation in the sinuses and are often accompanied by facial pain, pressure, and congestion.

  4. Migraines: Migraines are often preceded by warning signs, such as visual disturbances or a tingling sensation in the limbs. They can cause intense, pulsing pain on one or both sides of the head, accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound.

The causes of headaches and migraines can vary, but some common triggers for migraines include hormonal changes, stress, certain foods and drinks, lack of sleep, and even changes in the weather. 

There is limited research for osteopathic manipulative treatment on headache, however one study from 2020 found that "osteopathic manipulative treatment can be an effective management option to alleviate and prevent future occurrence".

To learn about how we approach headaches and migraine, click here.

 

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