‘Tis the season to have a serious headache.
According to the World Health Organisation the most common type of headache originates from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include might include:
- Eye strain
- Sinus congestion
- Whiplash injury
- Poor posture
- Jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
- Allergies and food intolerances
Poor posture can cause a range problems including back pain, spinal problems, poor circulation, joint degeneration and rounded shoulders. Osteopaths and other health professionals are witnessing a huge surge in the cases of the “iPhone neck”. Our smart devices aren’t so smart when it comes to health, and all that hunching is causing dire effects on our posture.
Osteopathy Australia reminds that there are certain ways your osteopath can help to release the pain and advise you on how to avoid the headaches in the future.
Your osteopath can help to:
- improve your general mobility
- improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
- reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
- advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
- offer guidance on diet and preventing dehydration
- advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace
You should also seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting, bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears, dizziness, blurred vision or speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis.
If you experience headaches regularly, keeping a headache diary can help identify these triggers and ultimately help them avoid them. A headache diary allows you to record important details about your headaches, such as symptoms, frequency and other. Your Osteopath will help you identify triggers such as certain foods, sleep habits, exercise and posture.
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The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test or have a blood test done by your GP, and normally by that stage you’re fairly confident that you’re pregnant anyway, perhaps having missed a period. But what are the tell-tale signs of pregnancy that you may have missed in the early stages? Here we look at some of the subtle physical and emotional changes that can occur very early on that you might normally dismiss.
- Irritability, moodiness and sudden outbursts of sadness are feelings that you may experience early on, much like those of PMS. Some women dismiss these signs and put them down to stress.
- Feeling tired and fatigued is an early sign of pregnancy as your body adjusts to the changes needed to grow your baby. If you’re falling asleep much earlier than usual or taking naps during the day when you never did in the past, this could be a sign of pregnancy.
- If you notice that your breasts are tender, fuller, or your nipples are sore it could be due to the increased oestrogen and progesterone levels and a sign that you’re expecting. Don’t assume these signs are due to an upcoming period, especially if the areola are darker than usual.
- When you fall pregnant your uterus will begin to swell and start pushing on the bladder walls. This will cause you to urinate more frequently than usual, so if you’re running to the loo every ten minutes it could be a sign of pregnancy.
- Frequent headaches due to hormonal changes in your body are an early sign of pregnancy but as the pregnancy progresses and your body adjusts to the hormone levels the headaches should start to ease.
- You may have experienced spotting very early on and perhaps dismissed this as a light period, but in fact it could be a sign of pregnancy. Some implantation pain could also be felt when the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus and to some this may feel like an uncomfortable twinge.
- If you feel light-headed or faint it could be a sign that you’re pregnant. This can happen when your blood vessels dilate then your blood pressure decreases. If you’re not eating properly the dizziness can also stem from low blood-sugar.
So if you can relate to some of the signs above then it might be time to put down the glass of wine and reach for a pregnancy test kit instead.
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