Do you experience headaches? Well there is certainly no need for you to feel alone, as it is estimated that 90% of the world's population experience at least one headache in their lifetime. Most commonly the headache will be due to dehydration, low blood sugar, sleep deprivation, a cold/flu, medication overuse or eye-strain; all of which usually only last for a matter of minutes or hours.
However, if you are experiencing any of the following headache symptoms, please seek urgent medical advice:
A SEVERE, sudden onset headache (although rare, this may indicate a bleed on the brain or other major health issues).
If this is your first, worst or you are experiencing a sudden "thunderclap headache".
If you are over the age of 50 AND you have never experienced a headache before.
A persistent headache after a trauma to your head or neck.
If you have a headache, high-fever or feel unwell.
If your headache is accompanied by unexplained symptoms e.g. visual disturbance, sudden loss of hearing, loss of balance, or changes in bowel or bladder function.
If you usually experience headaches, but they are progressively getting worse.
On the other hand, if you regularly experience headaches and you would like help, book yourself in for an assessment at Comox Valley Osteopathy.
Most commonly, the diagnosis will be for either a tension-type or migraine headache. The Osteopathic Practitioner can then provide you with treatment and a management plan, this may include making adaptations to your: daily routine, diet, sleep, exercise and posture.
Another type of headache is called a cervicogenic headache, this is when a headache is secondary to neck pain or dysfunction. Again, Osteopathic Practitioners can treat this type of headache by addressing the primary dysfunction in the neck.
Osteopathic Practitioners are well placed to work with you in order to identify potential triggers for your headaches, in addition to assessing your posture and working with your body in order to reduce postural stresses and strains which may be contributing to your headaches.
There is no need to just cope with your headaches, help yourself by getting the correct treatment and support you need in order to manage your symptoms better.