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London-based osteopath Stephen Sacks, who charges £65 for a 30-minute Kinesio treatment, believes that the tape – used in conjunction with other treatments such as osteopathy and acupuncture – is highly beneficial on patients suffering from tension headaches.
The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
Dr Mark Weatherall, a consultant neurologist at Charing Cross Hospital, advises caution, however, saying: ‘I’m sure some people get a good response from the treatment, but the underlying causes of headaches are usually more complicated than simply misalignment of the neck or poor posture.’
Patients with tension‐type headache suffer from episodes of pain which is typically bilateral (affects both sides of the head), pressing or tightening in quality, mild to moderate in intensity, and which does not worsen with routine physical activity. In most patients tension‐type headache occurs infrequently and there is no need for further treatment beyond over‐the‐counter pain killers. In some patients, however, tension‐type headache occurs on several days per month or even daily. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at defined points; it originates from China. Acupuncture is used in many countries for tension‐type headache prophylaxis ‐ that is, to reduce the frequency and intensity of tension‐type headaches.
There are several different types of headache. The main types are:
Tension headaches (also called stress headaches, muscular headaches) - a mild to moderate headache that may last minutes or days and tends to recur. The pain is fairly constant and felt in both sides of the head and neck as a pressure or tension.
Migraine - ssymptoms can be variable, and there are several different types of migraine , but this is usually a moderate to severe one-sided headache that pulsates or throbs.
Cluster headaches - frequent, short-lived (less than an hour), one-sided headaches across the temple or around the eye and occurring once or more a day, and often disrupting sleep. Headaches recur for several weeks then subside, although another cluster may develop months later.
Chronic daily headaches - these may be of any of the above types, and occur for at least 15 days a month for at least three months.
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