A significant proportion of headaches and migraines are due to musculoskeletal factors. Tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches often arise from muscle tension and disorders that affect the neck and upper back regions. Similarly, jaw dysfunction and sinus problems may directly cause or contribute to migraines and headaches. Even those who have central migraines often find their headaches triggered by muscle tension, jaw clenching, or sinus problems. To alleviate these problems, consider osteopathic manipulation, including cranial manipulation, as soon as possible.
A musculoskeletal medicine specialist can evaluate your headachesand determine if your neck, jaw, back, or cranial structures are playing a contributory role. For example, suboccipital pain located at the base of the head is a major contributor to tension headaches. Problems in your neck (cervical spine) also contribute to chronic headaches and migraines. An osteopathic musculoskeletal specialist can determine what is contributing to your headaches and migraines and start you on an individualized treatment plan.
Cranial Manipulation and Migraines
Osteopathic cranial manipulation is a gentle approach that helps optimize the structure and function of the head. It can release restrictions in the scalp, skull, base of the head, neck, and other areas to re-balance the head and its relation to the rest of the body. Cranial therapy is used with osteopathic manipulation to other areas, such as the sacrum.
Dr. Hennenhoefer is well-trained in cranial therapy as a form of migraine treatment. If disorders of the bony joints, muscles, or other tissue in the skull are triggering migraines, cranial manipulation is an extremely effective effective approach to treatment.
If you suffer from headaches, including migraines, schedule with Dr. Hennenhoefer today!