Head & Neck

Treatments targeted at specific conditions.

Please call 999 if you experience any of the following:

  • Paralysis or weakness in one or both arms and/or one side of the face
  • Slurred or garbled speech
  • A sudden agonising headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
  • Headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and a rash

These symptoms can signify a more severe condition such as Meningitis or a Stroke and should be assessed by a doctor as soon as possible.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches commonly affect up to 1 in 5 of us.
The exact cause of Migraine headaches is unknown, and they appear to vary from person to person. They are thought to be due to temporary changes in blood vessels in the brain, resulting in the release of chemicals via nerve fibres. The chemicals start a process of inflammation which results in pain. The sympathetic nervous system triggers the sufferer to vomit or even experience diarrhoea. In the case of migraine headaches, this physiological response is often associated with specific triggers such as tiredness, smells, bright lights, certain foods and the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle (hormonal).

How to tell if you have Migraine Headaches

  • Feeling or being sick
  • A throbbing in the head or back of the eye
  • You become more sensitive to light and sound
  • The pain is on one side only
  • Potential Aura before the migraine kicks in

Cervicogenic Headaches

If you have a headache that only affects one side of your head, you may be experiencing a Cervicogenic headache. This type of headache may be accompanied by pain in the neck. The pain is caused by the bony and the soft-tissue structures (muscle/tendon/ligament) of the neck. Thankfully both osteopathy and acupuncture can help with this type of headache.

How to tell if you have a Cervicogenic Headache

  • Pain when moving the neck
  • Shoulders and neck area which are tender to the touch
  • A changed posture in your neck
  • One-sided headache, often accompanied by neck pain.

Tension Headaches

Headaches vary in intensity and type. For instance, a tension headache may be annoying, but the individual would still be able to go to work. In contrast, a full-blown migraine could be considered entirely debilitating for the unfortunate sufferer. To rule out any acute or more serious medical reasons for a headache, it’s always a good idea to visit a GP first.

Depending on the cause of your tension headache, osteopathy and
acupuncture can help. Tension headaches can be caused by increased
stress levels, poor posture, dehydration, and eye strain, among many
other things.

How to tell if you have a Tension Headache

  • In the case of a tension headache, it feels like a clamp across the top of the skull or the forehead area
  • Constant ache across both sides of the head and occasionally into the neck
  • There can be pain/tension behind the eyes
  • lasting 30 minutes – several days.