The National Health Service claims 10 million people in the UK get headaches regularly, making them one of the most common health complaints and one of the main complaints in the Governing Function Osteopathic clinic.

When visiting Governing Function complaining of headaches or migraines, we will thoroughly examine your case history, your medical history, and your general health in addition to asking a few questions about your symptoms. This will allow us to assess whether osteopathic treatment would be appropriate and beneficial for you. If anything arises that our osteopath is concerned about or considered a red flag, then further referral and examination may be warranted.

However, in most cases, headaches can be caused by changes in your jaw, neck, and upper back complex due to postural compensations. As people are beginning to spend more and more time looking down at phones, tablets, and laptops or sitting either at a desk or driving for long periods. These are without a doubt causing considerable compensations into your neck and surrounding structures which can in turn lead to you experiencing headaches.

Causes for headaches may include:

  • Posture
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle spasm
  • Tension in your neck

Seeing an osteopath at Governing Function can aid in reducing the frequency and severity of your headaches. Osteopathic manual therapy for headaches may include soft tissue massage, mobilisation, and manipulation of the joints. Manual therapy alongside dietary advice and a specifically tailored exercise plan to help restore the body’s innate function and strengthen the relevant surrounding tissues.