Manual therapy for headaches

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Are you curious about what manual therapy can do to reduce your headaches? Read all about it in this blog.

Many people sometimes have headaches. Fortunately, for most people this disappears quickly. For some people, headaches come back every time. Everyone experiences this pain differently. People can have pain in the entire head or on one side, headaches can come in bursts or be present for a long time as a kind of nagging oppressive pain.

Headache can have various causes, (wrong) posture and movement often play a role. It is often thought that headaches also originate 'in the head', but this is usually not the case. Because the cause is difficult to determine, people are often given medication to take home. In recent years, a lot of research has been done into headaches and it appears that this pain can also be caused by problems with the jaw or with the vertebrae, muscles and nerves in the neck. A headache attack then starts because there is irritation, pain or cramping in those places. Headaches can also occur due to incorrect posture. For example, people sit behind the computer with their shoulders hunched.

Facts about headaches

• Many people suffer from recurring headaches

• Manual therapy investigates how posture and movement affect headaches

• About 15 % of Dutch people have migraines and 60% tension headaches

• Different types of headache complaints can occur at the same time

Manual therapy

The effects of manual therapy are often immediately noticeable: you have less pain and notice that you can move more smoothly. The manual therapist looks at the connection between all the joints, he looks for connections and looks beyond just the headache. He will then assess which treatment is best for you personally. If necessary, the manual therapist works together with a general practitioner, medical specialist or other healthcare provider.

People who have been to a manual therapist with a headache often feel an immediate change: the pain is less and the neck feels more flexible or moves better. This is because the manual therapist uses specific techniques to help the joints function better and to improve your posture and movements. For example, mobilization or manipulation to make the neck more flexible. And you will receive exercises to strengthen the neck and to train your posture, strength, stability or coordination. The manual therapist also treats the upper back and shoulders because they are often used extensively to relieve the neck. This often ensures that you have less pain and that the neck and skull edge feel more relaxed. He also tells you how you can continue to exercise properly and healthily and gives tips and advice about good posture. You will also be given exercises that will help prevent the complaints from coming back.

Did you know that scientific research has shown that people who report to the manual therapist quickly (within 2 to 3 weeks after the onset of a complaint that does not improve) often have shorter and less severe complaints? Don't walk around with a headache for too long and contact one of our manual therapists.

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