Headaches & Migraine Treatment In Glen Iris

If you suffer from headaches, you are not alone! Three-quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world experienced a headache in the last year (1).  Rest assured there is good news!   You don’t have to suffer in silence. The staff at Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic in Glen Iris are highly skilled in the treatment of headaches. 

We Are Here To Help!

Don’t become a statistic! Pick Up The Phone And Ask Us For Help. 

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Common Headache Signs:

  • Stiff and tight muscles in your neck or upper back

  • Pain around the head and face.

  • Visual disturbances. Light sensitivity or aura. Common with Migraines

  • Nausea

  • Pain behind your eyes

It is important to understand: The severity of a headache is NOT a good indication of its potential danger! A low-grade persistent headaches can be as dangerous as the sudden and severe type! 

All Headaches should be FULLY investigated! 


According to the Australian Bureau Of Statistics, in 1995 approximately 15% of the population were taking medication for headaches. This is NOT a solution to your problem. Diagnosing the TYPE  and CAUSE of headaches is far more beneficial. Both now, and in the long term. 

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  • Irritation of pain-sensitive structures in the head and neck. That is the Muscles, Joints, Blood Vessels, Nerves.
  • Poor Posture. Such as constantly looking down at a device.
  • Trauma. This could be whiplash following a car accident.
  • Straining of Eyes. 
  • Clenching of the Jaw and Grinding teeth.
  • Dehydration.
  • Stress and Anxiety. 
  • And Many Many More.


As Osteopath’s we assess your whole body! Often, headaches may be related to a problem in another area of your body. 

This, therefore, requires a thorough examination. This allows us to correctly diagnose the type of headache. And ensure we treat the cause.

+ Our Osteopaths take the time to get to know you and your headache.
+ We allocate our full undivided attention to you.
+ In your first session we assess, diagnose, and implement a hands-on treatment specific to you.
+ We always strive for long-lasting results. Not just symptomatic relief.

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  1. We get you back doing the things you love, FASTER! That’s what our treatments are designed to do.
  2. Our team aims to reduce pain and restore normal function with a dynamic, functional and science based approach.
  3. Innovative Treatments! We combine the latests techniques with proven practices and an unmatched wealth of experience.

Want More Information About Headaches? 

Did you know headaches are one of the most common problems to affect humanity? And date back as far as 1500BC!  According to the Australian Bureau Of Statistics in 1995 approximately 15% of the population were taking medication for headaches. (2)

Types of Headaches:

Classic Migraine with an Aura:

Generally, these are known to be quite severe headaches. They present as a throbbing or pounding headache.  And are usually located around the forehead, eyes, or temples.  The pain is can be associated with an aura, which is a precursor to a migraine. These auras can be:

  •  Motor or speech problems.
  • Visual disturbance such as  Halo’s flashing lights or blind spots. 

Note: not all migraines will be associated with an aura.

Migraines may be associated with nausea,  vomiting, and the individual experiencing sensitivity to light and sound. The frequency and severity of these headaches will differ for each individual.  

Tension  Headache:

 These are thought to be the most common type of Headache. Often described as tightness at the back of the head or neck. They are associated with the feeling of tension around the head.  This type of headache is often eased with medication and rest.   

Chronic Tension Headache:

These headaches are associated with an increase in stress levels, anxiety, fatigue, or anger. And unfortunately, DO NOT respond well to pain medication. Just like the Migraines, their intensity and severity differ for each individual.  

Cluster Headaches:

Generally considered the most painful of any headache. Cluster headaches as their name suggest come in groups of headaches. Each attack can last minutes to hours. With the patient experiencing approximately 1-4 per day, some lasting for weeks to months. The onset of pain is quick and provides no warming. They are almost always one-sided and often described as a searing stabbing and piercing pain or like the feeling of a hot poker in the eye or through the head.


Triggers are anything that results in the patient experiencing a headache. The key is learning to identify what triggers your headache, and avoiding where possible. Some of the more common Triggers are:

  •  Chocolate
  • Aged cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Preservatives
  • Salicylates

Important Aspects To Consider:

Water: Are you drinking 2 Litres per day?

Food: Specific foods may trigger your headache. Such as  Chocolate, cheese, alcohol, salicylates. By keeping a headache diary, you can document and trace to see if there is a common link between a certain food and a headache. 

Posture: Can lead to stress on the muscle, joints ligaments. Areas to consider – Your Workstation, Car, Bed, Home Office, Couch, 

Eyes: Having your eyes checked yearly is important to determine if you require glasses. Eye strain may be another causative factor in ongoing headaches.

Stress: How do you manage your stress and where is it coming from? Stress causes the release of adrenaline or cortisol and may play a part in your headaches.

Jaw: grinding your teeth, or having mal-alignment issues may be an underlying factor in your headaches.

Muscle Strength and Stability: The strength of your head and neck muscles are vitally important when addressing your headaches. Your head weighs about 4.5-5kg. of head. 

Exercise: is the program you are participating in specifically tailored for you?

  1. World Health Organisaton.com.au
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics

Let the team at Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic guide you back to doing the things you love! Headache-Free!

  • We will take a comprehensive case history.  This helps to identify the specific cause of your pain or injury allowing your therapist to establish a diagnosis. From here a treatment and management plan will be implemented, aways ensuring you are an active participant in your recovery and fully understand the treatment goals and objectives.

  • A hands on treatment session, targeting your pain and injury. In a majority of cases you will experience a reduction in pain and intensity of your symptoms following this treatment session.

  • We don’t believe in providing you with a “recipe” for your injury management. We devote 100% of your treatment time to you only ever treating one person at a time. You are unique, just like your injury and therefore require techniques and a management plan that is specific to you.

At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic in Glen Iris, the Osteopaths are highly trained to help diagnose and treat your headaches. We can help get you back on your feet quicker. Simply reach out and call (03) 9822 1900 or click here to book an appointment.