What is a headache or migraine?
There are many different types of headaches and many different causes. The main types of headaches are cluster, tension and migraines.
If you suffer from regular or severe headaches or migraines, then simply treating the pain is not addressing the real cause. Turning to medication may mask the pain for a time, but the underlying cause is likely to remain.
Vital Chi offers natural therapies, including osteopathy, myotherapy and naturopathy, that can be highly effective in dealing with headaches and migraines. These natural treatments are designed to treat the underlying cause of the headache.
What causes a headache or migraine?
Headaches are the most common neurological disorder raised with medical professionals. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Often, a headache or migraine is a symptom of a condition or disease, rather than a standalone condition.
Common causes of headaches are:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Stress and tension
- Sinus infection
- Food allergies
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Structural misalignment
- Muscular tension
One common cause of chronic headaches that is often overlooked is when the bones, muscles or joints in the upper back and neck are not working properly or not correctly aligned. This can affect the nerves and blood vessels that lead to the head, resulting in headaches.
Osteopathy can be highly effective in reducing or eliminating these headaches by realigning the bones, muscles and joints in the upper back and neck, as well as improving their balance and function. Importantly, this treats the cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms.
Myotherapy is an effective way to treat headaches and migraines caused by a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, bad sleeping and eating habits, fatigue, stress and neck pain.
Myotherapy uses techniques such as soft tissue manipulation, dry needling. cupping and trigger point therapy to relieve your pain. This is supported by corrective exercises, posture assessment and nutritional advice to ensure that your headaches are reduced or eliminated completely.
Food sensitivity testing
Did you know that a significant proportion of headaches are caused by delayed food allergies that trigger an inflammatory response in the brain?
Food sensitivity testing allows you to identify the specific food, or group of foods, that may be causing your headaches.
Eliminating or reducing these sensitivities can be a very simple way to solve your headache problems.