In addition to treating the causes of migraines, osteopaths can also provide relief from migraine symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, and fatigue. Here are six common causes of cervicogenic headaches:
- Muscle tension: One of the most common causes of migraines is muscle tension, especially in the neck and shoulders. This can be due to poor posture, stress or injuries. An osteopath can help release this tension through manual techniques such as soft tissue massage and stretching.
- Neck and spinal misalignment: Neck and spinal misalignment: Misalignments in the neck and spine can put pressure on nerves and blood vessels, leading to migraines. Osteopaths can use gentle adjustments to realign these structures and alleviate the symptoms.
- Jaw problems: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, also known as jaw problems, can cause headaches and migraines. Osteopaths can address this by manually manipulating the jaw muscles and joints, as well as providing exercises to improve jaw function.
- Poor circulation: Migraines can also be caused by poor circulation, leading to reduced blood flow to the brain. Osteopathic techniques such as massage and joint mobilisation can help improve circulation and alleviate migraines.
- Hormonal imbalances: Fluctuations in hormones can trigger migraines in some individuals. Osteopaths can work with the endocrine system to restore balance and reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
- Stress and anxiety: Emotional stress and tension can also contribute to migraines. Osteopaths can incorporate techniques such as relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and counselling to address these underlying causes.