Neck Pain and Headaches

Our necks play a critical role in our everyday movement, helping us to maintain posture and a healthy range of motion. This is why sharp pain in the neck or head prevent us from functioning in our day-to-day lives. Whether your neck pain is making it difficult for you as you attempt to sit up straight in your chair at work or when you play your favorite sport, Osteopathy is a very effective way to alleviate neck pain and restore optimal mechanical function of the head, neck and shoulders.

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Different Types of Headaches

The most common types of headaches are tension, migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

Tension-type headaches

Tension-type headaches are usually felt throughout the entire head whereas migraines usually create pain in one centralized point typically around the X or on the side of the head and can be accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Cervicogenic headaches

When it comes to cervicogenic headaches, even though the symptoms present themselves as pain in the head or face, the source of the problem is in fact the muscles and joints of the cervical spine and neck.

When it comes to managing headaches Osteopaths have an obvious role when it comes to ensuring mobility, circulation and the release of muscular and fascial tension.


Migrane is a neurological headache and is often more severe in its presentation compared to the other kinds. This type of headache needs to be diagnosed and managed by a specialized doctor. Common symptoms are light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.

Common Headache Triggers

There are many common causes for headaches. These include the types of food we eat, environmental triggers such as noise, light and stress, the amount of sleep we get, how much we exercise and what our blood sugar levels are. The vast majority of headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. The more we sit in fixed positions throughout the day hypnotized by different devices, the more we increase tension in our neck, upper back and scalp which often leads to headache, stiffness and pain in the neck.

How Osteopathy Can Help with Headaches and Neck Pain

Osteopathic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by migraines and tension type headaches. Osteopaths deliver a gentle, non-invasive, medicine free solution for headaches and neck pain. By increasing joint mobility and reliving muscular tension, your body has the ability to better manage the pain caused by migraines and tension type headaches.

The following are four major health benefits Osteopathy can provide for people suffering with migraines and tension headaches:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Relief from stress and tension
  • Improved physical function and performance

Exercises You Should Focus on to Help with Recurrent Neck Pain or Headaches

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