There are many types of headaches and the causes can vary dramatically. One of the underlying components with headaches is often swelling, pressure and restrictions in a variety of tissues. The osteopathic style work I offer allows for quick assessment of the body to determine the most potent places to work.
The treatments usually include working directly with tissues such as; nerves, arteries, cranial bones and membranes which are often overlooked in the treatment of headaches. The good news is that people respond very well to this gentle, hands-on therapy and usually experience significant improvements in a short period of time.
A client in their mid thirties came to me for chronic headaches they have been experiencing daily for the last ten years. They are very active and have experienced a few major accidents along the way. The initial assessment showed many deep restrictions in their body that included:
- Frozen sacroiliac joints
- Liver restrictions
- Stomach ligament restrictions
- Restrictions in the pleura of their lungs
- Spinal cord restrictions to many of the spinal vertebrae
- Deep membrane restrictions within the cranium
- Severe limiting tension at the upper first two vertebrae
During the first treatment I addressed the upper neck tension, spinal cord restrictions at the level of the upper mid-back and the membrane restrictions within the head. The client reported back after their first sessions that the headaches have stopped two days after our session, their neck functions 60% better and their lower back feels the best it has in years.
This is an example of how restrictions spread throughout the body can manifest as symptoms at a very local area, such as headaches. When you comprehensively treat the entire person the body has a greater chance of healing itself.
A few resources for headaches: