There are several reasons for headache & stress. Most are not serious and once the cause is established headaches can often be helped by simple changes in lifestyle. One cause can be tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back.
Tension headache is the most common type of headache people experience. It’s difficult to say precisely how common, as estimates from different studies have varied wildly, but most people will have a tension headache at some point in their lives.
Those studies which have tried to determine how many people experience tension headaches suggest that:
Somewhere around half of adults experience tension headaches at least every month, and about 1 in 30 adults experience chronic tension headaches (headaches on more than half of the days for three months or more) – although some of these cases may be medication-overuse headaches (medication-induced headaches) and it may therefore be an overestimation.
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Treatment from us can be given using various approaches and which will suit you better can be discussed at your consultation. For example, gentle massage to the tight muscles and manipulation to loosen the joints of the neck, thorax and back can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches & stress. Craniosacral Therapy & Cranial Osteopathy can also provide similar results via a different treatment approach if this is more suitable for you. We can also advise on exercise and lifestyle changes and offer guidance on simple changes to your posture when at work or driving which may help.
Links to research articles about neck pain, headaches and Osteopathy