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Osteopathy’s Answer to Headaches and Migraines: A Fresh Perspective from Matrix Health & Performance

Headaches and migraines: two common but debilitating conditions that many East Ivanhoe residents are all too familiar with. From throbbing temples to piercing pains across the forehead, the severity and frequency of these discomforts can vary greatly. But have you ever considered that the solution might lie not just in a pill bottle but in a holistic approach that treats the whole body? Enter osteopathy – East Ivanhoe’s natural answer to chronic headaches and migraines.

Understanding Headaches and Migraines

Before diving into the osteopathic approach, it's crucial to understand the fundamental difference between headaches and migraines. While a headache typically presents as a steady ache or pressure around the head, migraines are intense, pulsing pains often accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, light sensitivity, and visual disturbances.

Osteopathy and Its Unique Approach

So, where does osteopathy fit into the picture? At Matrix Health & Performance, our guiding principle is that the body is an interconnected system. This means that a problem in one area can have repercussions in another. Rather than simply addressing the symptom (i.e., the headache), osteopathy aims to find and treat its root cause.

What Influence Does the Upper Neck Have in Headache and Migraine?

At Matrix, we know how important the upper neck is in headaches and migraine. A big focus of our treatment in dealing with these conditions focuses around treating and desensitising this area of the body. The upper neck (cervical region) is home to an incredible number of nerves in a dense area. Dysfunction in this area can feed forward to a region called the trigeminocervical nucleus. Problems with this nucleus are thought to be a large driver of migraine in particular.

Why Choose Osteopathic Treatment for Headaches?

In many cases, headaches are linked to tension or misalignment in the musculoskeletal system. Tight muscles in the neck, back, or jaw can pull on the surrounding tissues and bones, leading to discomfort. Issues with vertebral alignment, particularly in the cervical spine, can also contribute to headaches. Osteopathy’s hands-on approach, which includes soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, and targeted exercises, offers a comprehensive solution to these issues.

Migraines: A Deeper Dive with Osteopathy

While migraines may seem more complex, the osteopathic philosophy remains consistent: find and treat the underlying cause. Some migraines stem from musculoskeletal tension, while others may be linked to vascular issues or even dietary triggers. Through detailed consultations and assessments, our osteopaths at Matrix Health & Performance in East Ivanhoe identify contributing factors and develop personalised treatment plans.

Why Matrix Health & Performance?

East Ivanhoe residents seeking osteopathic treatment for headaches and migraines need look no further than Matrix Health & Performance. Our evidence-based, patient-focused approach ensures that each individual receives the care and guidance they need to overcome their discomfort. Plus, with our convenient East Ivanhoe location, holistic relief is just around the corner.


In a world increasingly leaning towards holistic and natural treatments, osteopathy stands out as a promising option for those plagued by headaches and migraines. By addressing the root causes of pain and employing non-invasive techniques, osteopathy offers a fresh perspective on chronic discomfort. And for East Ivanhoe residents, Matrix Health & Performance is the ideal destination for osteopathic care. So, why wait? Dive into a world of holistic healing and bid adieu to those persistent pains.

We look forward to seeing you in the Matrix Health & Performance clinic soon!

Dr Nicholas Giovas (Osteopath)

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