Magdalen Health and Wellbeing

Tension/Cervicogenic headaches

June 14, 2022


Tension/Cervicogenic headaches

Tension headaches according to the NHS are the most common headache that is experienced by teenagers and adults. These headaches begin when the muscles around the top of the back/shoulder and into the he neck tighten up and where they attach onto the base of your skull causes a pull, which in turn gives you the head pain. Similarly, the muscles around the jaw can also do this. So tension headaches can be caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

  • Stress
  • Posture
  • Alcohol / Tobacco / Caffeine
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Eye Strain
  • Hormonal changes

How can a trip to the Osteopath help?

Osteopaths specialise in working with imbalances, restrictions and misalignments that are typically associated with a tension headache sufferer.

The osteopaths will work on balancing the muscles, improving the quality and tone of the muscles and the efficiency of the joint, and also correcting posture.

Following the osteopathic session you will usually be prescribed some exercises and advice for post treatment care and posture and treatment/management plan will be discussed.