That’s where we’re trained to help.
There's another tab all about headaches, so I'll just mention here that headaches have many causes, but a big share are routinely caused by tightness of the muscles between the base of your skull & your upper neck. These then irritate the nerves passing through them to your head, giving you a headache. This usually responds well to treatment. Tender points (called trigger points) in other muscles such as the upper trapezius of the shoulder can give pain that is felt elsewhere as a headache.
Migraines & other types of headaches (e.g migraines linked to hormonal changes) occur for different reasons & the effectiveness of treatment depends on the cause and how long you've been suffering from them. Not all respond to manual therapy.
This needs experience to diagnose as the source of the problem could be anywhere along the nerve from the neck to the arm. As an example, Carpal Tunnel (tingling, numbness or pain) is usually confined to the hand, often strikes at night & has its cause outside the neck in the area of the wrist itself. Beware, though - not all tingling in the hand is carpal tunnel...
But a disc problem or degeneration in the lower neck also need to be considered as a possible reason. The treatment, of course, will be different depending on the cause, and in some cases we'll advise an x ray (which we can authorize for you) or referral to a specialist if the severity of the symptoms suggest something serious.
Neck injuries can cause spasm and extreme tenderness in the muscles of the neck and shoulders, and both need caution in assessing to make sure that no serious damage has occurred. They can also lead to dizziness, vertigo (when the room seems to move around you) & headaches, all of which can be helped.Gentle and non invasive treatment is the best way to calm the tissues and reduce the levels of sensitivity.
Have you woken only to find that you can’t turn your head to one side without a sharp pain stopping you? One visit normally sees a big improvement in the range of movement and the degree of relief. The culprit is often one of the vertebrae (bones) at the top of the neck not rotating as it should, and often painfully trapping a portion of the soft tissue between the joint, resulting in spasm. Very painful, but luckily not serious!
"Suffering neck pain - unable to move when at its worst, I was referred to Osteoworks.
I had tried all sorts of treatment - other osteos, physio' & alternative treatments. Chris has been able to work on the problem so that I am no longer experiencing pain at all, let alone on a daily basis. The treatment was always discussed with me & appointments were convenient & comfortable.
I would recommend Osteoworks to anyone suffering from pain - even after years of putting up with it! "