Acupuncture For Headaches
Acupuncture For Headaches
How do we use acupuncture for headaches?
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves inserting very thin needles into specific points on your body. Acupuncture divides the body into a series of zones and pressure points. The needles are inserted into different pressure points, depending on your symptoms. The needle stimulates the nerves to release endorphins that trigger a response from your body. This helps to relieve migraines and tension headaches. Acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines, at least in the short-term, and is safe and well tolerated.
What conditions can acupuncture for headaches treat?
If you are someone who often gets headaches or migraines, you understand how they can regularly disrupt your quality of life! When a headache strikes, finding treatments that bring relief becomes a top priority.
Treatment with painkillers at the first sign of pain is usually enough to curb many mild or infrequent headaches or migraines. Unfortunately, common headache medications do not address the root cause(s), and when used over long periods of time can cause unwanted side–effects. Many people don’t respond well to drugs prescribed to prevent headaches or migraines, so acupuncture is a good alternative.
Headaches that can be treated with acupuncture include, migraines, tension headaches, headaches occurring around the menstrual cycle, sinus headaches and stress-related headaches.
Headaches can affect the top of head, sides of head, one side of the head, temples, behind the eye, the forehead, or the whole head.
Headaches may be caused by
* Poor diet
* Physical Trauma
* Body constitution,
* Emotional health
* Improper diet
* Lack of sleep
* Excessive work
What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
The acupuncturist will place needles at specific pressure points, usually along a person’s back or neck where they can slow pain transmission. Sometimes, a gentle head massage accompanies the placement of the needles.
Some people feel tiny pricks when the needles are inserted. Some people won’t feel anything at all. If you speak with your practitioner about concerns you have about discomfort, you might feel calm going into the procedure.
When asked to describe their experience, first time acupuncture clients describe the treatment as being pleasurable and relaxing. Most people fall asleep during treatment. Others feel as if they are floating with a tingling, warm sensation. Other sensations that may be felt are heaviness, heat and cold.
Who will benefit most from acupuncture?
Anyone who suffers with headaches will benefit from acupuncture.
Acupuncture care is extremely effective in reducing the frequency and severity of many types of painful conditions, including headaches and migraines, naturally. Two large studies found that people receiving acupuncture had fewer days with tension headaches than those receiving conventional care. By working with your acupuncturist and adopting some simple lifestyle changes, you will be on your way toward a healthier, happier pain free life.
Try the following to make changes that may help alleviate, or even prevent headaches:
* Rest in a quiet, dark room
* Hot or cold compress to head or neck
* Massage neck, temples