Almost all headaches are migraine but migraine is more than just a headache. You can feel a migraine coming on and the first day it makes you feel very ill; it puts you out of action. Migraine pain is usually accompanied with queasiness or vomiting and oversensitivity to light, noise, movement or smell. The second day it starts to subside a little and by the third day you are left with a vague pain but feel absolutely shattered. Bad attacks can impair your strength and vitality for longer periods. Migraine can be acute, episodic or chronic with symptoms lurking in the background for months.
Headaches and migraines are frequently subject to gentle osteopathic treatment to counteract their debilitating effect. David and our experienced migraine-treating osteopaths can also help to identify the root causes of your symptoms and advise you on how best to manage your problem to reduce or prevent reoccurrence.
Headache and migraine sufferers often complain of tenderness in a many areas, including:
- Base of the skull
They are often triggered by tension in the shoulders and neck, which are frequently caused by:
- Lack of exercise
- Poor posture
- Sedentary occupation
Although headaches and migraines are most obviously associated with the head, other areas of the body such as the neck and shoulders often affected. We take a whole-body approach in our treatment of migraines and headaches, combining gentle cranial osteopathy techniques with manipulation, stretching and soft tissue techniques.