At Sports & Spinal Albury it is rare we go a day without treating a client that complains of a headache. In fact they are incredibly common throughout the world, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggesting that nearly half (47%) of the adult population has had a headache in the last year and 5% of people experience headaches daily.
Our Osteopaths are exceptional. They are highly trained in diagnosis of the various types of headaches, including migraine, tension, cervicogenic, cluster and sinus headaches.
The most common type of headaches we, as Osteopaths, see in practice are cervicogenic and tension headaches, which is not surprisingly considering these make up 78% of all headaches.
Cervicogenic headaches originate from increased tension, muscle stiffness and/or joint strain in the cervical spine (or neck). They are often described by the individual as a build-up of tension originating in the back of the head before spreading into the top of the head, forehead, eyes and/or temples.
These headaches are typically a constant, steady, dull ache, which is often unilateral but can be bilateral. Onset is generally gradual and they can be present on waking or build up throughout the day. They can be associated with acute trauma such as a whiplash injury or can be from repetitive trauma associated with poor work ergonomics or sport activities.
Tension headaches usually last just a few hours but they can persist for days or months in some cases. The client usually describes feeling like they either have a tight band around their head or they feel pressure in through their forehead. Similar to cervicogenic headaches, they can also cause aching in the temporal regions and back of the head.
Both headaches can be associated with light-headedness, dizziness and/or tinnitus. Nausea may also be present.
How can we help?
Our Osteopaths are expertly trained and provide exceptional care. We will work with you to:
- Improve joint mobility (particularly in the cervical and thoracic spine).
- Reduce muscular tension.
- Reduce nerve irritation.
- Improve blood flow and drainage to and from the head and neck.
And because we believe prevention is better than cure, we will:
- Work with you to prevent future headaches with advice on posture, exercises and stretches
- Provide advice on an improved ergonomic environment
There is a reason that so many of the people that come to our clinic are referred by their friends or family members. Come in and find out why we are the Osteopaths that care.