The National Health Service cites that more than 10 million people in the UK get headaches regularly, making it one of the most common health complaints.

Headaches can be the result of a number of things, but the most common causes are tightness in the neck, poor circulation and stress.

The combined practice of osteopathy and cranial osteopathy is a highly effective treatment for all types of headaches, even migraines. Osteopaths recognise that the skull is a group of bones, just like the rest of the body, and often by making subtle realignments, osteopathy can relieve pressure and tension.

See below a bit more information about the most common types of headache:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches can be triggered by stress and poor posture, which causes muscles of the neck and scalp to tighten.


Migraines are vascular headaches, meaning that symptoms are caused by blood vessels in the head tightening and then expanding excessively.

The Migraine Trust describes many different types of migraine, but the most common symptoms include throbbing headache, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick) and lethargy (lack of energy).