Migraines rank among the top 10 causes of disability globally, affecting 26 million people in Italy alone. This common yet often challenging headache with throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, visual disturbance and sensitivity to light as well as many other symptoms. While the causes may vary, headaches and migraines touch the lives of many Italians. Understanding and diagnosing headaches is crucial to Osteopathic treatment protocol.
Understanding types of Headaches:
Sinusitis Headache: Characterised by central forehead pain, often accompanied by additional pressure around the eyes and cheekbones due to sinus inflammation.
Migraine: A pulsating headache, typically on one side of the head, accompanied by nausea, light and sound sensitivity, and sometimes visual disturbances (aura).
Tension-Type Headache: Commonly referred to as a musculoskeletal headache, presenting as generalised head pain with a sense of pressure around the neck and eyes.
Cluster Headache: Known for its insistent pain on one side of the head near the temples, often recurring cyclically in clusters.
Osteopathy offers a personalised and holistic approach to addressing the causes of headaches. Understanding the individual case history of patients is key to diagnosing the type of headache.
Migraines, like all headaches are multi-factorial. After a full detailed case history to understand the patient’s symptoms an examination will take place. the spine, shoulders and neck are always considered and examined. Migraines are often connected to spinal and neck issues. These will be treated as required. Specifically, Improving venous drainage from the cranium also reduces the migrane throbbing pain and has repeatedly proven to be effective for patients
Where as, headaches originating from neck issues (which are very common), can also be relieved withOsteopathic treatment that targets the spine, especially the neck bones, specifically the joints, ligaments and muscles, alleviating compressions on cervical region that may lead to tension and stiffness and pain.
Whilst the two kinds of headaches may differ there are also some commonality and certain areas will be checked- especially the neck and shoulders. But depending on the type of headache the treatment plan will differ accordingly.
The beauty of Osteopathy lies in its tailored approach. Headaches are not always the same! They may be linked to old traumas, lifestyle factors, or hidden tensions, Osteopathy considers the complete history, surgeries, stressors, and habits of each individual and the presenting symptoms. This comprehensive evaluation allows for a treatment plan that addresses the root cause rather than merely alleviating symptoms.
Osteopathy, akin to a skilled tailor, sews a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. If you’ve been living with chronic headaches and seek a lasting solution beyond symptomatic relief, consider Osteopathic intervention. By focusing on the entire person – history, habits, and lifestyle – Osteopathy aims to provide enduring relief while minimising reliance on medications.
Take the first step toward lasting headache relief. Contact us to schedule an appointment, and let’s work together to understand and address your unique situation. Osteopathy is your path to personalised and effective manual therapy.