Many people suffer from back pain and headaches, so if you're one of these people you're not alone. Chronic back pain and headaches are among the most common disorders worldwide and can significantly affect a person's life. Just as troubling, experiencing one of these conditions may raise your likelihood of experiencing the other.
There's also some good news, the fact that these issues may be connected means that one solution may help with resolving both disorders: Osteopathic care.
According to a large scale research paper in the Journal of Headache and Pain, people who suffer from chronic back pain or chronic headaches are about twice as likely to suffer from both. The paper found 14 studies that reported an association between "primary headache disorders and persistent low back pain."
Although the researchers do not find the cause of the connection between these two conditions, other studies have found links suggesting that dysfunction in the body, particularly involving the spinal joints and spinal nerves, can be a contributing factor with both headaches and back pain.
That makes osteopathic care a great option when you're experiencing either condition – or both! Since an osteopath can help both back pain and tension headaches, there's a good chance that if you're only suffering from one, osteopathic care may prevent the other from occurring at all. Now that's a two-for-one win with osteopathy!