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Headaches are one of the most common pain and ache we experience day to day, from an acute ache to a chronic pain they come in all sizes and forms.
There are three primary types of headaches we often suffer from:
Tension: the most common kind of headache, usually caused by the tightness of the muscles in the neck and scalp. The muscle tightness can cause stiffness, pain in the shoulder and neck affecting posture (i.e.slouching)
Migraine: Different from tension headaches, pain is usually on one side of the head and is described as throbbing to severe sensation. Often individuals suffering from migraines are sensitive to light and noise, or drastic changes in the environment.
Cluster: Is the least common type of headache, but is the most intense. Generally, pain occurs in multiple locations of the head, causing a grouping (cluster) pattern. The intensity and frequency of pain vary among individuals.
Why does it happen?
There are multiple causations of headaches, varying from strenuous daily activities to severe accidents. As mentioned above the root of most headaches result in muscle tension in the neck and base of the skull.
At the base of the skull are a group of muscles known as the suboccipital muscles, these muscles help with basic movements (flexion, extension, and rotation) of the skull. The suboccipital muscles can become tense due to poor posture, bad ergonomics at the workplace, teeth grinding/TMJ issues, and severe trauma (whiplash injuries).
Screen time is a factor that is correlated with regular headache episodes. Staring at your computer screen all day can place stress on the muscles and tissues of your eye, followed by improper posture placing strain on the muscles of the neck. Combine both those factors and you are looking at a full proof headache. Strain and stress cause muscles to stiffen and tighten due to lack of circulation, hence it is recommended to engage yourself in minor stretches to help release tension buildup in your system.
Traumatic incidents such as car accidents, sports or work-related injury can cause concussions and whiplash. Whiplash related injury can lead to severe headaches and other musculoskeletal issues. Whiplash is usually the result of a high accelerated rear impact, while in a stationary position causing the neck and head to sway forward and back. This can damage bones, tissue, and muscles, all of which can cause episodic headaches.
Manual Osteopathy can help reduce tension and stress in the suboccipital muscles. Using combinations of gentle mobilization techniques we can increase circulation which helps release tightness in the system while relieving you of your dreaded headache.
Using an effective cold and heat therapy can help reduce tension and loosen tight muscles