The most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness, or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region. When you get osteopathy for headache or migraine be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your pain. This is because there are so many different types and causes of headaches and all of these questions help diagnose the cause of your headache, which helps in formulating the right treatment plan for you. See our section on headache diaries for more information.

At Enhance Osteopathy Heidelberg, we provide osteopathy for headaches and migraines to clients in Heidelberg and the surrounding suburbs including Bulleen, Ivanhoe, Rosanna, Eaglemont, Templestowe, Preston, Viewbank, Thornbury, Northcote, Fairfield and more. If you’re looking for an osteopath for headaches, contact our friendly team today.

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Common causes of headaches include:

  • Eye strain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Whiplash injury
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
  • Infection
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Migraine

Depending on your presentation an osteopath may:

  • Work on your general mobility
  • Improve the mobility of your ribs, thoracic and cervical spine
  • Investigate muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
  • Advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
  • Offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
  • Advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace

You should seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by:

  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision or slurred speech
  • Numbness, tingling or paralysis

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Headache diary:

If you get regular headaches, try keeping a headache diary. Keeping a headache diary can help identify triggers and ultimately help avoid them. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms and frequency. This diary will provide your osteopath with important information.

Many patients have never thought about the specifics of their pain in depth, they just know their head hurts, so here are a few things to focus on before you come for a treatment. Your osteopath will want to know where exactly the pain is in your head. What time of day the pain is worse? What type of pain is it, for example aching, throbbing, burning? What makes the pain better and what makes the pain worse? Do you get any nausea or visual changes with your headache?

All this information will assist your osteopath in diagnosing and treating your headaches more efficiently.

Did you know?

  • Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. A headache is rarely caused by serious underlying disease
  • Your osteopath at Enhance Osteopathy in Heidelberg may be able to assist with treatments that reduce the need for headache medications.
  • Your osteopath is a primary health care practitioner with the training and skills to assess your complaint and develop the most effective course of action (including referral when clinically indicated).
  • Your osteopath can assess structural changes that may lead to immobility, pain and dysfunction. Your osteopath will usually perform a thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation, to form a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Call Enhance Osteopathy Heidelberg on 03 9499 9456 or book online to get osteopathy for your headache or migraine today!