Overview of Headaches

Are you struggling with frequent headaches and/or migraines? Headaches, especially chronic and frequent headaches, can negatively impact a person’s life. They can debilitate a person from taking care of their daily responsibilities, interrupt sleeping patterns, and can be excruciatingly painful. Thus, reducing the quality of a person’s life. If you have been using treatments to address headaches that aren’t working well for you, it may be time to look into alternative treatment methods like acupuncture. Acupuncture for headaches can help to relieve symptoms of headaches and also prevent future headaches from occuring.

What are Headaches?

Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point or have a vise-like quality. A headache may be a sharp pain, throbbing sensation, or dull ache. Headaches may appear gradually or suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days. Typically, if a headache lasts longer than a day, it is referred to as a migraine. Both headaches and migraines can become overwhelming and debilitating to a person’s life – keeing them from doing both the things they enjoy and the things they need to do.

Is Acupuncture for Headaches Effective?

Headaches and migraines are complicated issues that can arise due to a number of factors. And, because they’re complex, there are a number of treatments available to people who struggle with them. However, treatments that involve medications can come with a lifetime of treatment and unwanted side effects. So, people who are tired of using medications often seek an alternative treatment that is both effective and doesn’t have lonterm, unwanted side effects like traditional treatments do. Acupuncture for headaches allows people who are challeneged with frequent headaches or migraines get the relief they need without the use of medications that can lead to other developing issues and side effects. And, is shown to be effective for many people who are living with headaches and migraines.

According to research published by the National Library of Medicine, over 20 studies that involved 4419 participants concluded that acupuncture:

  • is beneficial in treating migraine attacks
  • works just as well as medicinal treatments
  • for headaches has fewer side effects than their medicinal treatment counterpart

Therefore, acupuncture is helpful to people who are living with unwanted, frequent headaches and migraines. And, should be considered as a treatment for people who don’t wish to consistently utilize medicinal treatments or steer clear of side effects from these treatments.

How Does Acupuncture for Headaches Work?

The general goal of acupuncture is to align the body’s Qi. This is a body’s energy force that is believed to be responsible for the synchronization of a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well as their balance. Acupuncture needles are placed at specific pressure points on the body to stimulate the body’s energy or Qi. During acupuncture sessions for headaches, these pressure points are typically located where painful stimuli occur, on the neck, and on the back.

What to Expect from Acupuncture Sessions for Headaches and Migraines

Typically, acupuncture treatment sessions take about an hour. Patients usually relax during sessions and expect minimal pain during the insertion of acupuncture needles. For best and long-lasting results, patients should expect to undergo one session of acupuncture each week for at least 6 weeks.

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