Headaches

About Headaches

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What are headaches?

More than 90% of people experience headaches. If you’re one of them, you may be looking for a drug-free, natural form of relief.

Osteopathy has been shown as a safe and effective alternative to taking painkillers for your headache.

Headaches take many forms. Understanding the type of headache you have is critical to effective treatment.

Here at Good Health Centre in Leeds, our osteopaths can evaluate your headache. With many types of headache, we can ease the pain and help prevent future recurrences. With over 500,000 treatments under our belt, we know how to provide safe and effective treatment.

Types of headache

Headaches come in many varieties with different underlying causes. Most are ‘primary’ headaches – that is, headaches that don’t arise from another problem.

Types of headache are distinguished by the nature of the pain, how and when it happens, and where in the head you feel it.

Headaches can be sudden, intense, or throbbing. You may feel them in the back, top or side of your head, in your face, or in one or both eyes.

Some headaches occur on only one side of the head, such as migraines. They can be accompanied by other sensations, like flashing lights, nausea and vomiting.

Other headaches are dull and feel like a band or pressure around the head.

And there are many possible triggers. Food, stress, dehydration, hormone changes, infections, poor sleep, and even painkiller use are all linked to headaches.

Fortunately, by far the most common types of headache are ones that osteopathy can help with.

If you experience one-sided or all-over headaches accompanied by neck, back or shoulder pain, feelings of tightness or tension, scalp tenderness, or ache behind the eyes, it’s very likely our osteopaths can help you.

And there’s a growing body of evidence showing that osteopathy can benefit migraine sufferers, both in alleviating pain and preventing recurrences.

In most cases, there are factors in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back that contribute to such headaches. Osteopaths can identify and treat these issues.

How do Osteopaths treat headaches?

Osteopaths understand the mechanical and neural connections between the structures of the body, and how poor function in one area can cause pain and problems elsewhere.

As one example of this connection, did you know pain in the eyes can be caused by muscles at the back of the head? These ‘suboccipital’ muscles, which are at the base of the skull, fine-tune the position of the head. Stiffness or rounding of the upper back means the suboccipital muscles must work hard to tilt the head upwards. Tension in these muscles can affect nearby nerves, sending pain over the head and into the eyes.

An osteopath can assess your headache and determine whether treatment can help you. Osteopaths are trained in clinical evaluation and diagnostics.

A combination of massage, mobilisation or other techniques applied around the head, neck, back or other areas can correct the issues that trigger your headache, giving you long-term relief.

And beyond the treatment room, your osteopath can offer guidance and advice on stretches, exercises and lifestyle changes that can reduce or prevent headache recurrences.

Headache Treatment In Leeds:

Click here to find out more about what to expect when you visit one of our osteopaths.

You won’t have to wait. Our large-capacity clinic means we can usually offer an appointment on the day you get in touch with us. And, if there are no concerns, your osteopathic treatment begins in your first session.

Ready to get back to health? Book online today.

Did you know…

Did you know…

Taking painkillers such as triptans, codeine, co-codamol, paracetamol and aspirin can make things worse. Regular use for more than ten times per month can lead to ‘medication overuse’ or ‘rebound’ headaches.

Did you know…

An osteopathic management plan involves more than just hands-on treatment. An osteopath can support you with advice, self-help tips and exercise plans. This comprehensive approach means the benefits of treatment last long after you’ve left the clinic.

What our patients say

Katherine whinnett
Katherine whinnett
2024-02-01
I have seen Aisha for a Mummy MOT and subsequent treatment over a period of months. She has a holistic approach and I have found her support amazing. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
emma collinson
emma collinson
2024-01-25
I have seen Anthony a couple of times now and I am beyond happy. I have been suffering a year of pain, I have previously seen other osteopaths and doctors and I have had numerous trips to A and E. Anthony is highly experienced in his profession, he cares about you as a patient, really understands your issues and concerns and is genuinely there to help you get better. I wish I had known about Anthony sooner and not wasted my time with other establishments. After 2 sessions I am on a slow road to recovery and I can’t wait to go again. For me, Anthony is going to be able to give me my life back this year.
Mrs Bentley
Mrs Bentley
2024-01-24
I had a fantastic first appointment with Aisha for a Mummy MOT - I would highly recommend this to anyone who has had a baby no matter how recent or how long ago. She was incredibly knowledgeable and made me feel really well listened to. The building and location was great, easy parking and friendly receptionists.
Herwinder Kalsi
Herwinder Kalsi
2024-01-20
I had a reflexology appointment. Nice warm welcome and very good session with the therapist Pavon
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Caravan Hire Thornwick Bay
2024-01-20
Lydia was extremely insightful and fulfilled my expectations. The experience was fabulous and she really puts her heart and soul into helping those who need it. Can’t wait to see her again. Thanks, Leigh.
stephen ongley
stephen ongley
2024-01-17
Excellent levels of expertise
Jim Rowland
Jim Rowland
2024-01-16
I keep coming to Daniel and he keeps fixing me. I am an older runner and have had a few injuries in recent years. I started to see Daniel when I could not get an urgent physiotherapist's appointment. His gentle manipulation and exercises cured an annoying and persistent hamstring injury which had been going on for many months, and a sore hip. Since then he has treated, most effectively, my runner's knee and other complaints. I enjoy our sessions as he takes a real interest in his patients. Daniel will always be my no. 1 therapist!
Kenneth Tindall
Kenneth Tindall
2024-01-09
2nd visit today to see Seb. As a former professional athlete and someone who has had extensive treatments worldwide I can wholly vouch for the world class level of this Osteopath. Thanks for getting me back on track Seb.
Georgina Bachellerie
Georgina Bachellerie
2024-01-08
Excellent service both from the admin team and the practitioner. Thorough diagnosis, punctual and all with supporting information on treatment plan.