Tension-type headache


Tension-type headache is the most common primary headache and can have a significant impact on quality of life.


Manual therapy has long been utilised to treat the symptoms of tension-type headache. The goal is to reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration, which in turn can have a positive influence on quality of life, disability, and neck range of movement.


In a review of numerous studies, a combination of manipulative therapy, cranio-cervical flexion exercises, and soft tissue treatment offers the best outcomes. Manipulative therapy was most useful for gaining mobility in the neck, and reducing overall disability and pain frequency. Soft tissue therapy offered the best results for reducing the impact and intensity of pain.


It is important to diagnose your headache rather than assuming it is tension-type, as there is often a huge amount of cross-over. Osteopaths are fully trained to examine, offer special tests, and treat potential causes for your headache. If any red flags to your headaches are identified, then you will safely be referred to your GP.