Headaches and migraines

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Assessment of headaches:

At your first visit to Back in Balance we take the time to listen to your story. This helps us to understand all the factors linked to your headaches. We can then determine what type of headache you have.

We want to understand how your headaches are impacting your life. We explore aspects of your home and work life that may affect your headaches. Aspects such as your sleep, stress levels, activity levels and your lifestyle. We do this as there is strong evidence that these factors can contribute to headaches.

Following this we will conduct a comprehensive examination. During the examination we look at movements of the neck, mobility of the joints, sensitivity and tension of muscles. We assess the control and the strength of your neck and shoulder muscles. We look at the shoulders, as some of the muscles that control the shoulder attach to the head and neck. Tension or weakness of these muscles can impact on how your neck feels and moves. We may also need to consider whether nerves are involved in your headache.

Treatment of headaches:

The key is to establish what kind of headache you have and then identify the common triggers for them. At Back in Balance we will identify the factors linked to your headache. Together we set a plan for you to manage them. The plan can involve several strategies and treatment such as:

  • Hands on treatment to help the joints, muscles, and nerves.
  • Exercises to mobilise and strengthen the neck and shoulders.
  • Advice about sleep, stress management and a physical activity program if indicated.

This can take between 3-8 sessions over a period of weeks. The amount of treatment you need will vary. It will depend on how long you have had your headaches, what the cause is and how severe and disabling they are.

Is pain or injury holding you back?

Book an appointment with our friendly team below and resolve your headaches.

I highly recommend the treatments given by Josh. I sufferd from shoulder pain and he put my shoulder together quickly. Josh is very kind and knowledgeable. Many many thanks for your help. I appreciate it !

– Peet Ronin Husák

I have been receiving treatment at Back in Balance for my back pain and have had amazing results. Josh is very friendly and knowledgeable and has really helped me to become pain free.

– Emma Rosanne

I’ve been receiving first class treatment from Josh Gill, an Osteopath at the clinic, concerning a reccuring injury with tendon weakness spanning over 4 years. I was very depressed and using crutches, with little confidence I could engage in sport again.

The hands on treatment and rehab exercises have been invaluable and have sped up my recovery time. He really takes the time to explain body mechanics and healing, with a very encouraging and positive approach. I no longer need crutches or any kind of foot support. I’m really looking forward to resuming my varied fitness regime again.

– Hels Bells

I have been suffering with my back on and off for years now due to spending large portions of my working day hunched over fixing bikes. A friend recommended I go see Josh. I’d never seen an osteo before but i’m so glad I went.

My back has been so much better while at work, not just from the treatments but all the advice I was given about how to hold myself at work and exercises I can do when the pain starts. This was great value and well worth the money! Thank you

– Jasper Davies

Was treated by Josh for my low back pain which has now gone, also he made some suggestions for my diet which has really helped my dry skin. Highly recommend, very knowledgeable

– Jamie Acres

I highly recommend the treatments given by Josh. Last Autumn my back consultant suggested spinal injections followed by probable surgery to relieve my back and leg pain. I was treated by Josh and have been pain free since then. No injections. No surgery. Josh is a highly skilled osteopath. I felt he was extremely knowledgeable. He was professional and at the same time very caring and reassuring. I will certainly return if ever I have a skeletal problem again. Thank you Josh, I recommend you to everyone.

– Sheila Elmer

Josh has treated me for multiple acute injuries and several long term/postural problems I’ve had. You see results very fast and he doesn’t try drag things out over multiple sessions like a lot of therapists. The information and instructions he gave me have really helped to improve my overall health and reduce my injury’s, he’s on the cutting edge of evidence based practice for sure. Would definitely recommend 10/10

– Ben Royle