Tension Headaches

2201, 2015

Severe Headaches

By |January 22nd, 2015|testimonials|Comments Off on Severe Headaches

Son struggling with severe headaches:

My 15 year old son, Brogan, came home from school in October complaining about a headache. Thinking of his history with sinusitis we just thought it was a bad sinus attack seeing it was that time of the year. We gave him some meds that we kept in the house. The next morning the headache was actually worse. He had a fever and was very listless and he couldn’t keep his head up straight. We took him to our GP who diagnosed him with severe sinusitis, gave him some tablets and a nasal spray. By the end of the following week he was still complaining about the headache.

We then took him to another GP who said it was tension headaches. He was given a shot, some ibuprofens and some paracetamols. We were very optimistic thinking that these meds would help because its two weeks later and he is still suffering and final exams is upon us….to our horror, this meds didn’t help either…it was now almost a month that my son was suffering with headaches and as a parent you feel helpless. Here we go again, off to another GP…again he was diagnosed with tension headaches but now the drugs that he has been using thus far might have caused drug induced headaches. This GP recommended a tablet that is used to stop the headache before it even occurs…. More meds and still no relieve, we were already in the middle of November and still nothing is relieving the pain. Brogan is very active in sports but as a result of the headaches he couldn’t even take part in the last games of the season, he was feeling too rotten.

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309, 2011

Osteopathy treats Headaches

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy treats Headaches which are one of the most common medical complaints.

Common Causes of Headache

Headache originating from the neck is the most common type of headache. Other varied causes are eyestrain, sinus disease, neck injury (eg. Whiplash), tension headache from stress, poor posture, etc, migraines, jaw misalignment (eg. Following dental work).

There are other more serious causes such as infection, haemorrhage and brain tumour.

Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are trained to differentiate between headaches with common causes and those due to serious pathology.

Mechanism of Tension Headaches

A common presentation with headache is an increase in the muscular tension at the base of the skull with pain locally and possibly referred to the forehead and eye area. The tightened muscles and joint restrictions (from poor posture, stress, injury etc) in the upper neck, contribute to reduced mobility, and irritation of the local nerves and blood vessels.

How Can Osteopathy Help Someone With Headache?

An osteopath is a primary health care practitioner with appropriate skill and knowledge to assess your complaint and decide the most effective course of action.

Osteopaths assess structural changes that may lead to immobility and dysfunction. They do thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation, to form a diagnosis.

An Osteopath will Work Gently With Your Body to:

Improve joint mobility (especially in the spine).
Reduce muscular tension.
Reduce nerve irritation.
Improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck.
Help prevent future headaches with advice on posture, exercises and stretching.
Provide advice on improved ergonomic environment.

Research Stating The Benefit Of Osteopathic Treatment In The Management Of Headache Symptoms
Anderson, R. E., Seniscal, C., (2006), A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension-Type Headaches. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain Vol. 46, […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Spinal Misalignment

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy Treats Spinal Misalignment – The philosophy of Osteopathy is founded on the principle that good health is maintained through the optimal mechanical functioning of the body. For example, a misalignment in the spinal vertebrae leads not only to an irritation of the nervous system, but also hampers the functioning of the musculo-skeletal system and the organs that provide life to our bodies.

C1 – Headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, migraine, chronic tiredness, amnesia, dizziness;
C2 – Sinus trouble, allergies, eye troubles, earache, fainting spells, deafness;
C3 – Neuralgia, neuritis, acne or pimples, eczema
C4 – Hay fever, catarrh, hearing loss
C5 – Laryngitis, hoarseness, sore throat
C6 – Stiff neck, upper arm pain, tonsilitis
C7 – Bursitis, colds, thyroid conditions
T1 – Asthma, cough, difficulty breathing, pain in lower arms & hands
T2 – Upper back
T3 – Bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, congestion
T4 – Gall bladder conditions, jaundice, shingles
T5 – Liver conditions, fevers, low blood pressure, anaemia, arthritis
T6 – Stomach troubles, nervous stomach, indigestion, heartburn
T7 – Ulcers, gastritis
T8 – Hiccoughs
T9 – Allergies, hives
T10 – Kidney troubles, hardening of arteries, chronic tiredness, nephritis
T11 – Skin conditions such as acne, pimples, eczema Rheumatism, gas pains
T12 – Rheumatism, gas pains
L1 – Constipation, colitis, diarrhoea, hernias
L2 – Cramps, difficulty breathing, acidosis, varicose veins.
L3 – Bladder troubles, menstrual troubles, bed wetting, knee pains.
L4 – Sciatica, low back pain, frequency of urination
L5 – Poor circulation in legs, swollen ankles, weak ankles, cold feet, leg cramps Sacrum Sacco-iliac lesions, spinal curvatures Coccyx Haemorrhoids (piles) pruritis, coccyx pain when sitting

A randomized clinical trial showing osteopathic treatment to improve asymmetry in infants with Scoliosis.

Bergmann, H., Bieber, I., Dijs, P., Faldum, A., Jung, T., Kaemmerer, C., Pabst, B., Philippi, H., Reitter, B., Schleupen, A., (2006) Infantile postural asymmetry and osteopathic treatment: a […]

309, 2011

Osteopath treats Headaches and Other Aches And Pains

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopath treats Headaches and Other Aches And Pains – Children often complain of headaches at approximately 7-8 years of age due to the formation of sutures or joints between the bones of the skull. Retained moulding may focus areas of pressure in the skull.

Children may also suffer from growing pains, aches related to poor posture and sporting injuries.

Osteopathy has proven to deals with your children’s aches and pains

309, 2011

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy
Osteopathy is most commonly known for assisting in the treatment of ‘bad backs’, however, it is much broader than this and can help with a wide range of conditions including those such as arthritis and sciatica. At Osteopathy Cape Town we offer a holistic approach to assist in many conditions. Please visit our contact page for details and directions to our clinic.

The Following Conditions May All Benefit From Osteopathic Treatment:

Ankle Sprain
Autonomic Nervous System
Calf Strain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Costochondritis – Tietze’s syndrome – Musculoskeletal chest pain
Disc Prolapse (Lumbar)
Dizziness (of spinal origin)
Emotional Tension
Fatigue or low energy
Forward Head Posture
Frozen Shoulder
Groin Strain/Injury
Heel Pain
Hip Bursitis
Hip Pain
Iliotibial band syndrome
Influenza or Flu
Jaw Pain
Knee Pain
Low Back Pain
Muscle Imbalance
Neck Pain
Plantar Fasciitis
Pregnancy & Back Pain
Psoas Pain & Dysfunction
Repetitive Strain
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Shin Splints
Shoulder Pain
Spinal Misalignment
Sports Injuries
Tennis Elbow

112, 2008

I Suffer From Tension Headaches

By |December 1st, 2008|common complaints, Uncategorized|Comments Off on I Suffer From Tension Headaches


Q: I suffer from tension headaches, but nothing seems to help or last. What is the best natural solution to my daily headaches and why have medication and therapies such as homeopathy not worked?

Tension headaches are caused by tension within the body, so tablet-taking and treatment from therapies which are not able to diagnose, will have limited results. As a preventative measure, bear in mind that normal posture is essential for normal function of the human body. When sitting, bend forward, then wiggle back as far as possible in your seat before sitting up. Your spine is now supported and your back muscles can relax. Ensure when facing your computer and keypad it is directly in front of you and not even slightly to the side, as this will create an imbalance and rotation in your musculoskeletal system. When standing, grab hold of your hair on top of your head and pull it until it hurts. This will bring you into a normal posture. Normal posture is fundamental for normal tensions within the body. Lastly, dehydration will increase muscular tension, so drink at least eight glasses of water a day and avoid diuretics and stimulants such as caffeine.

By: Dr Guy Ashburner
Source: Longevity