Osteopathy & Three Top Tips on Why Headaches Can Occur
There are many different categories of headaches – each with their own set of characteristics – but the one thing that they all have in common is that there IS a reason why they’re there.
Osteopaths are quick to tell us that seventy per cent of headaches stem from problems in the neck!
They share their three headache tips to help you cope better
Headache tip #1
How heavy is your head? Your ear should sit directly over the mid point of your shoulder. Apparently there is a high correlation between the head being forward and the neck losing its curvature – and headaches.
Every inch of forward head carriage adds one inch of extra pressure to the back of your neck. If, for example, the head is over three inches in front of the shoulder, this can equal thirty pounds of extra pressure on your neck.
The secret is to make sure that you are not slouching. Sit and stand up straight with your chest higher and chin up. Making this one small adjustment – and sticking with it – can make a big difference to the intensity and frequency of headaches.
Headache tip #2
Do you have subluxations? The neck is made up of 7 bones (vertebrae) and they should all sit in alignment and all move freely in many different directions. A subluxation is where one or more of the bones in the neck becomes static, stops moving properly and is out of alignment.
You do not want this to happen because it causes nerve interference which can affect the body in many ways including reducing the way it performs, works and of course your general good health.
Headaches and pain can be a symptom of a subluxation and, if this is the case, you will need medical advice and expertise by someone who is trained to find subluxation. In the meantime, try to keep your posture in alignment, stretch frequently and work on reducing stress. This will help to lessen the severity and frequency of subluxations occurring.
Headache tip #3
Problems in the neck that are causing headaches will often get worse when you become too stressed. There are many ways to de-stress including experimenting with meditation, breathing techniques and of course removing yourself from stressful situations – often easier said than done!
What is osteopathy?
An osteopathic physician will focus on the joints, muscles and spine while treatment aims to affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems in a positive way.
Manual medicine means that both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands.
Osteopathy is a complementary therapy and is used alongside conventional treatment to improve your health. Osteopathic physicians are also qualified as medical doctors (MDs), receiving more training than other complementary therapists such as naturopaths.
Interestingly, osteopathy is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the USA. It is becoming more popular in the UK too. We had one open up a practice here in my small town just a couple of weeks ago.