If you are someone who often gets headaches or migraines, you understand how they can impact your quality of life. It is estimated that almost half of the adult population has experienced headaches within the last year, and 30% of these adults have also experienced painful migraines.
A migraine differs from a headache as it can last days, be physically debilitating and much more intense. Migraines can cause sensitivity to light and sounds, many people experience nausea and vomiting.
How does acupuncture help relieve migraines?
Acupuncture has proven effective in treating migraine symptoms and restoring balance to the body by reducing pain, inflammation and neck muscle tightness. It also helps to promote relaxation, healthy blood circulation, the release of endorphins and regulate serotonin levels in the brain.
Acupuncture is a simple and safe technique involving the insertion of sterile, very thin, single use needles in specific acupuncture points, known to benefit health and well-being.
Common Migraine Triggers
Causes of migraines will be different for each individual, but there are some common triggers as well.
- Stress and anxiety– Stress can change the way the brain functions, impacting the way hormones and chemical messages are sent to the body.
- Caffeine– Excess caffeine can cause dehydration and increase blood pressure; both of these factors can cause migraines.
- Lack of sleep- Changes in your sleep cycle, in addition to not getting enough rest can both contribute to the onset of migraines. An adult should be aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Changes in weather- Pressure changes along with increased humidity and storms can cause chemical changes within your body.
How often should you get acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be very beneficial to those who suffer from migraines. The specific number of treatments will be dependent on the person, medical history, severity and occurrence of your migraines. After a personalized consultation with one of our practitioners they will be able to better determine the number of treatments best suited to your needs.
Regular acupuncture is a good choice for people who want to know how to treat a migraine or a chronic headache. This Traditional Chinese Medicine is particularly useful and safe for all, and may be particularly useful for those who do not respond well to conventional treatment options.
If you want to manage your migraines naturally, speak to one of our experienced practitioners today.