Osteopathy to treat migraine
Can osteopathy and bio cranial osteopathy help treat
headaches? YES! Osteopathy is an effective treatment for
Headaches are unfortunately very common, and there are
many types and causes. Some people can suffer from more
than one type
TENSION HEADACHE – long term muscle tension in the
shoulders &/or neck may result in a tension headache.
Often associated with stress , worry , overwork and
anxiety. Even more debilitating are migraines
A migraine in the majority of cases, is a painful sometimes
disabling headache that is preceded or accompanied by a
sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind
spots or tingling in your arm or leg . Migraine pain can be
excruciating or even incapacitating for hours or even days.
A migraine is also often accompanied by other signs and
symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and extreme
sensitivity to light and sound.
A migraine headache is caused by dramatic changes in the
blood vessels in the neck . The vessels or ‘pipe’, take fresh
blood to the brain. Dysfunctional signals from both nerves
and hormones/chemicals force the pipes that deliver blood
to the brain to contract and then dilate. The first phase, or
contraction phase, may last minutes, hours, or days.
During this phase, symptoms can be spots in front of the
eyes, difficulty concentrating, and cold fingertips and hands.
This is called an “aura”. Many people recognize this phase
of their headaches; many others don’t at first notice any
symptoms but can learn to recognize it.
When the blood vessels dilate, the headache pain starts.
The blood vessels over-react. Instead of just going from
a contracted state back to normal, they dilate much wider
than normal. This forces blood into the head faster than
it can drain out, causing pressure on the brain and a
release of certain chemicals and lots of pain.
There are a number of different processes that can cause
the dysfunctional imbalance of chemical messengers and
nerve signals leading to a migraine. However, as different
as many migraine sufferers situations may be, the main
cause of the mixed signals which cause the problem can
be tension around the head neck and shoulders.
Some forms of migraine can stem from irritation of the
nerves close to the neck or may be triggered by muscle
tension or stress.
Our treatment approach at the clinic invloves combining
cranial osteopathy, osteopathic manipulation, bio cranial
and postural advice. This approach is unique to Northern
Ireland. The treatment used has helped many headache
sufferers in the greater Belfast area and across Northern
Bio Cranial Osteopath Comber, Belfast and Bangor
41 Castle Street