Headaches? … They were the faithful companions of Me Simard since the end of his adolescence. The ordeal stopped 2 months ago, at the age of 81. He had never consulted in osteopathy. His daughter, who knew D. Parent, D.O., brought him. After 60 years of chronic headaches, and in his case 3 sessions of osteopathy, it is only a bad memory.
The osteopath commonly encounters this kind of situation. Initially Me. Simard came to please his daughter. Because he doubted that simple manual care, osteopathic manipulations would change anything. He who had tried a whole range of medications, medical treatments, antidepressants, etc.
For Me. Simard it was enough to unblock certain vertebrae to reduce the tension of the dura mater, then to energize the liver. But each individual is a special case.
Types of headaches
Headaches are pains sometimes described as “in a helmet”, frequently occurring when waking up, persisting for a variable duration during the day, and can be aggravated or relieved by certain factors. At the origin of these headaches there are sometimes causes:
- Muscle: Like when the tension of the muscles of the neck and neck blocks certain vertebrae, or even the bones of the skull. Or compresses major blood vessels. Or irritates cranial and cervical nerves.
- Articular : Such as when cranial sutures are stuck, or there are joint disorders between the upper vertebrae, including the axis, atlas, and occiput. Whether as a result of trauma, or not. This can lead to the pinching of a nerve, and produce severe pain; Arnold’s neuralgia, trigeminal, facial, etc.
- Vascular : Disrupting intracranial pressure games. Sometimes producing pulsating sensations.
- Stress : Like when the person experiences an emotional shock. Or that annoyances are added to fatigue. Or that daily relational concerns and tensions accumulate.
- Food : For example, when digestive dysfunctions appear, in connection with the digestive system (liver, stomach, intestine, etc.), due to poor eating habits, or food intolerances.
- Dura mater : This menbrane that envelops and protects the brain and spinal cord can be more or less tense depending on several factors
- Etc. : Many of these causes are associated with what we call “tension headaches”