Patients suffering from headaches often present to the clinic and careful screening will always be carried out to fully assess the likely cause and whether any intervention is likely to benefit. If treatment is not appropriate and the symptoms are not well managed then a referral will be made to your GP for further investigation along with a report of the findings determined on the day of consultation.

Some headaches can have their origins in the neck and shoulders and if your headache is diagnosed as an occipital frontal or cervicogenic headache, (i.e. coming from the back of the neck or head around the side to the eyes) it is possible that osteopathy may be able to help in conjunction with your pain medication.

Some headaches can be caused by exposure to environmental toxins such as heavy metals or chemicals; be the result of poor eliminative function in the body such as functional constipation, or be the result of a hormone imbalance. Are you dehydrated? A naturopathic approach will assess the symptoms and some laboratory testing may be indicated to determine the role functional medicine could play it helping the symptoms.

Osteopaths treat the whole body and rarely do we treat the painful area in isolation. At the Plymouth Naturopathic Clinic any treatment will always be fully explained and you will be encouraged to ask questions about the care you are receiving. For example some headaches form neck pain could be due to poor functioning in your back and pelvis.

Your treatment will use a range of appropriate techniques. These may include, physical mobilisation and manipulation; different types of stretching and strengthening techniques; and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension and to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, therefore helping your body’s own healing mechanisms. Providing advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery and help prevent symptoms recurring is also often part of the treatment for headaches .