Headaches are incredibly common. Over 90% of people will suffer from a headache at some point in their lives and 75% of working people had a headache last year. There are several reasons for headache. Most are not serious and can be easily helped. The vast majority are related to the mechanics of the neck and upper back.
Tension headaches or cervico-genic (meaning coming from the neck) headaches can be caused by stress, tension, strain or trigger points in the muscles and joints of the neck, shoulders, upper back or TMJ (the joint in your jaw). They feel like a constant ache that affects one or both sides of the head, as though a tight band is stretched around it. harmonic treatments or acupuncture can reduce the muscular tension and trigger points and help repair any strains. Lifestyle changes like work posture or exercise and nutrition will help reduce the build-up of muscular tension.
Migranes are less common but more complicated and debilitating. They are usually felt as a severe, throbbing pain at the front or side of the head and may accompany other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound or certain foods. They have been linked to an irritability of the nervous system leading to ongoing or recurrent episodes. Manual therapy (including trigger point therapy, massage, harmonic mobilisation and manipulation) is well-established as a help in the prevention of migraines and reducing the sensitivity of the nervous system.