FHT President Paul Battersby, has contributed to a feature in the September issue of Natural Health magazine, entitled ‘Banish that Headache’.
Working to raise the profile of the FHT and it’s members, Paul’s expert insight highlights the benefits of complementary therapies in managing tension-type headaches, while emphasising the importance of the FHT Accredited Register.
‘”Most of us have experienced a tension-type headache (TTH) – that accompanied by tight neck and shoulder muscles and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes,” says Paul Battersby, president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. “The exact cause of TTHs still isn’t clear, but commonly reported triggers include anxiety, stress, depression, poor posture, lack of sleep and physical exhaustion. To help manage mild TTHs, you may find some of the following techniques useful: “Massage, as well as being very relaxing, has the added benefit of actually working tight muscles, so a back massage or an Indian head massage – both of which focus on the neck and shoulder area – are ideal for headaches. “Many people find other complementary therapies helpful too, such as reflexology, aromatherapy and acupuncture. Regular exercise is also recommended for headache sufferers. “A good night’s sleep is important but be careful not to get too much, or you may suffer a ‘weekend headache’, which can be triggered by a change in routine, including too much sleep.”
“Poor posture can cause tension in the back, neck and shoulders and be linked to headaches in some people, with pain occurring at the base of the skull,” says Paul. “Try to avoid sitting or standing in one position for a long time, move around at regular intervals, and gently rotate any affected joints. “A full assessment by a sports massage therapist or Alexander technique practitioner could also help you to identify and correct any postural problems.” To find a therapist in your area, search FHT’s accredited register, which has been independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, by visiting fht.org.uk/register’