Mrs C Roberts (patient Jack), Runcorn, Cheshire
I have been attending the centre for almost 5 years now with my son, who was 6 weeks old at his first appointment for osteopathy. We first presented with symptoms of colic and generally unsettled...

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At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

Headaches and Osteopathy


Headache is a common complaint which is usually short- lived but for some people head pain can become chronic and debilitating. Conventional medications can provide immediate relief but many people would rather try and find a more permanent solution.


How does Osteopathy help headaches?

The most common type of headache is a ‘tension headache’ which can develop as a result of poor posture, injury or emotional stress.

The muscles in the back of the neck and under the base of the skull become tense and cause stiffness in the small facet joints in the neck, irritating pain sensitive nerves and even altering the blood flow to the brain which can trigger migraine type headaches. 


There are no diagnostic tests for tension headaches; the crucial tool is the case history.

Osteopaths are trained to listen to the patient’s story, ask the right questions and screen out patients who present worrying symptoms that may necessitate a medical referral.

By listening to a patient’s history, taking into account occupation, lifestyle and observing posture and joint mobility an osteopath builds a picture of how the headache has developed. Using a highly developed sense of touch, an osteopath feels for tension in muscles and restrictions in joints which can be released with gentle osteopathic treatment.


A problem lower down the body can sometimes be responsible for headaches developing; a foot problem can affect the balance of the pelvis and spine ultimately leading to muscle tension in the neck. Other contributory factors can be carrying heavy loads, awkward sleeping positions, poorly set up work stations, long driving sessions etc.


At the Osteopathic Health Centre we deliver effective osteopathic treatment to resolve any musculoskeletal problems which are contributing to your headache and provide advice tailored to each individual. Posture, sleeping positions, exercise, lifestyle etc are all matters which may need addressing to help a patient understand how best to help themselves.