A common, yet debilitating, ailment which affects many people are migraines. The area of the pain can vary from around the eye sockets, to the back of the head and can cause intense pain and discomfort. Pharmacological treatments such as paracetamol or aspirin are often used in order to treat the discomfort, and offer short term relief.
Recent research emerging from the Faculty of Health in the University of Technology Sydney, Australia states that the issue of migraines and headaches are still underdiagnosed and underreported within medical settings, despite their prevalence in society. The purpose of the study sought to investigate the usage of Manual Therapy (MT) as opposed to the common pharmaceutical treatments, in treating chronic headaches, and assess patient-related factors associated with the use of MT.
MT is sometimes utilised in medical headache-pain clinics to treat headaches and migraines. The practices include spinal manipulation, joint mobilization and massage; all of which have demonstrated beneficial results in headache sufferers as supported by the Faculty of Health’s study at Sydney Technology University.
Around the world, there are regional differences affecting the practice of manual therapies, as a result of local healthcare funding, educational funding, public access, and institutions willing to provide the treatment. In general, across many countries Manual Therapies are used significantly to treat headaches and migraines, with the likelihood that some countries use it as the most common physical treatment.
Regardless, each patient suffering from these aches and pains will have individual requirements when it comes to treatment. In some cases, Manual Therapies may be used as an auxiliary method to other disciplines of treatment. However, clinicians should remain aware of and welcome the inclusion of Manual Therapies.
As a leading provider of chiropractic solutions Morley Chiropractic Clinic use a selection of therapies to treat ailments such as migraines and headaches. This can include massages of the back and neck area to relieve tension, or acupuncture. We also offer services including chiropody, podiatry, and rehabilitation techniques for a variety of injuries. Contact us to organise a consultation.