OSTEOPATH FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES MELBOURNE CBD

A headache is pain experienced in any part of the head. It is a common condition and in many situations, not a symptom of serious illness. There are many different types of headaches and can be caused by a variety of things.

Seeing your osteopath can assist with identifying the type of headache you are experiencing and your osteopath may look to provide you with treatment to assist when indicated. In rare circumstances, a headache may be caused by something more sinister and your osteopath will refer you to your GP or the hospital.

KEY FACTS

  • There are more than 200 different types of headaches.
  • The most common headache type includes a tension type headache, migraine and cluster headache
  • Tension type headaches can last 30 minutes through to 7 days.
  • Migraines present with a variety of different symptoms and vary in severity. They are often a moderate to severe headache that can present with nausea.
  • Cluster headaches are a rarer type of headache, but can be extremely painful. They typically occur in clusters and night or early in the morning.

The True Cost Of Headaches And Migraines

Headaches and migraines, while often dismissed as minor inconveniences, can cast a long shadow over all aspects of life, impacting daily activities, relationships, work, leisure, and overall well-being. Their effects reach beyond the physical, often triggering emotional distress. Individuals battling these conditions may experience irritability, frustration, and anxiety, fearing the pain will dictate their lives and feeling helpless to control it.

The experience of headaches and migraines varies greatly from person to person. Some experience sharp, debilitating headaches, while others suffer from dull aches or persistent pressure. The pain can limit mobility, making even simple tasks like turning or bending difficult. The duration can also vary significantly, ranging from fleeting episodes to chronic conditions that persist for days or even weeks at a time.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DOCTOR

You should see your GP or go to the hospital if you experience these symptoms:

  • Thunderclap headache, a server headache that comes on suddenly
  • A headache that gets progressively worse over several weeks
  • A morning headache that doesn’t go away
  • A headache with fever, changes in personality, neck stiffness, double vision, ringing in the ears, loss of balance or sensation
  • Aura symptoms that last longer than an hour, include muscle weakness and are different than your usual headache
  • A new headache for patients with cancer 

More information is available on the health direct website: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/headaches

1. WARNING

While many headaches and migraines are occasional and temporary, some people experience recurring episodes that can transition into chronic and debilitating conditions. If headaches or migraines become frequent and aren’t effectively managed, they can significantly impact your life and well-being, leading to a long-term struggle for relief. 

2. WHAT TO DO

It’s crucial to seek accurate diagnosis to determine the cause of your headaches or migraines. Identifying any triggering factors and addressing them is essential for prevention and management.  Depending on the diagnosis, treatment options may include pain medication, preventive medication, relaxation techniques, or physical therapy.

3. GOOD NEWS 

Even though headaches and migraines can be disruptive, it’s important to know that in most cases they are not indicative of serious underlying medical conditions. This means that with proper diagnosis and management, relief and improved quality of life are highly achievable for a significant majority of individuals experiencing these conditions.

4. NEXT STEP

Book an osteopathy consultation with one of our industry leading osteos.

Note: Private health claiming is available onsite for all osteopathy consults. Please consult your private health fund provider to determine your osteopathy rebate for our initial and subsequent osteopathy consultations..

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • Step 1:  Booking your consult –  Once you have booked a consult with one of our osteopaths, you will be sent a confirmation email and a pre consult questionnaire.  We want to find out why you have booked to see us and what you would like to get out of your consultation
  • Step 2:  Assess, Diagnose ad provide symptom relief – Your initial osteopathic consultation will take about 60 minutes in duration and during this consultation we will listen and talk to you about your complaint and what your goals are.  We will then take you through a comprehensive assessment and then discuss with you our findings and recommended treatment and management plan.  Treatment and management may include manual therapy to provide symptom relief and then a discussion around pain management and symptoms modification strategies. If you require a referral elsewhere, we will discuss this with you and facilitate this.
  • Step 3:  Improve capacity and performance –  Once your symptoms are under control, our goal will be to assist you with building your functional capacity, ability to perform everyday activities without pain and performance.  Our osteopaths will work with you to provide you with strategies to do so.  This may include exercise and  work related assessments and training.

    What Types Of Headaches Can Osteopaths Help With

    Many people call us and ask, “does osteopathy help back pain?” And the answer is yes. An osteopath may assist in providing pain relief if you suffer from tension type headaches or cervicogenic headaches. Usually these types of headaches involve increased muscle tension and possible joint related issues.

    Your osteopath will provide manual therapy to provide pain relief and restore range of motion and function. 

    Often there may be a range of contributing factors that your osteopath will discuss with you.  This may include stress and tension, awkward or repetitive postures that contribute to muscle tightness and joint stiffness, such as work ergonomics, or postures or tasks relating to activities of daily living. 

    Book An Osteopathy Treatment

    If you suffer from tension headaches, tmj related headaches or cervicogenic headaches, book a treatment with one of our osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy on Collins St Melbourne CBD.  

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