Myotherapy For Headaches
A large percentage of our population suffer from headaches these days due to our labor-intensive, sedentary work culture. A recent survey that was conducted by the World Health Organisation showed that tension-type headaches are among the most prevalent pain related issues facing humans. People often find relief from pain-killers or rest, however chronic headaches and migraines can be more complicated to treat and can be debilitating, affecting the individuals whole way of life. For many people experiencing chronic headaches myotherapy can be a very effective treatment.
Why Is Myotherapy A Great Option?
Although medications can offer quick and effective relief from headaches, they only mask the pain and can cause other issues with long term use. Myotherapy on the other hand can not only reduce the pain and discomfort associated with headaches and migraines, it can also treat the underlying root cause if muscular tension is a major component.
Myotherapy focuses on regaining and preserving the conventional integrity of the soft tissue framework (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) of the body in order to restore physical activity and mobility. Myotherapists believe that common headaches usually occur as a result of imbalances (such as misalignment of the spine, hormonal imbalances, muscular tension and muscle imbalance) in the body. These imbalances are usually triggered by poor posture, fatigue, overwork, poor sleeping habits, stress, injury and poor ergonomics.
Cervicogenic headaches that originate from the base of the skull and gradually radiate into the forehead, eyes, or temple are a classic example of such imbalances. Myotherapists use a holistic approach to desensitise the painful muscles, nerves, tissues and joints that cause these headaches. Another great thing about Myotherapy is that it first tries to identify the origin of the pain by physical examination and assessment of different body functions. This helps the Myotherapists narrow down the simple or complex involvement of muscles, nerves, tissues, joints, tendons, and fascia that cause the pain associated with common headaches and migraines.
Is It Muscular? | Myotherapy For Headaches
Common headaches and migraines can occur due to a range of reasons such as:
- poor posture
- hormonal issues
As a result a Myotherapist will first perform a thorough assessment and depending on the presentation they will put together an individualised treatment plan. Myotherapists focus on the musculature of your body and identify tense / tight muscles that can be causing or exacerbating the headaches. They will then use specific techniques to release the tension in the muscles and fascia. A Myotherapist may use any one or a combination of the following techniques to alleviate or reduce the occurrence of your headaches or migraines:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Thermal Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Corrective Exercises
When combined with medical care, nutritional advice, corrective exercises, and lifestyle changes, Myotherapy can offer incredible results in the management of chronic headaches and migraines. If you suffer from chronic or acute headaches and have tried other options without significant results, Myotherapy may be just the thing you need for lasting pain relief.
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