Acupuncture can help reduce the pain, and can even help prevent, headaches and migraines.
This means that those suffering from severe headaches and looking for long-overdue relief can reduce the pain without having to turn to medications – which can carry with them serious side effects and even so-called “rebound” headaches.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine that focuses on an invisible body energy, or Qi. According to acupuncture theory, when Qi and blood on the body stagnate, pain results.
While acupuncture is widely known as a way to relieve muscle and body pain, not many people know that it has been used since the beginning of traditional Chinese medicinethousands of years ago to treat headaches in a minimally invasive way without causing harm or side effects to the body.
Acupuncture can be used to treat several categories of headaches. These include migraines, and the more common tension headaches, which cause the sensation of tight pain on both sides of your head.
How does acupuncture achieve this result?
To answer this, it helps to understand the common cause of headaches.
The pain of headaches occurs when there is vasoconstriction or vasodilation of the carotid artery. These are medical terms for the narrowing of blood vessels due to contraction of the vessels’ muscular wall, and the opposite, widening of the blood vessels.
To deal with this, acupuncture first locates the specific system, called meridians or channels, where the headache is linked. These points can be located away from the head and neck, such as on the feet and hands, where the opposite end of the meridian channels are. Different headache locations have different channels.
When the small, thin acupuncture needles are placed in the skin at these special points (called acupoints), they trigger the muscles to relax and increase the energy flow to help alleviate and even prevent headaches. This stimulation of the peripheral nervous system brings immediate results, and also releases the natural painkiller endorphins while reducing the pain transmitter known as Substance P.
While rubbing certain pressure points can help sooth headache pain, targeting these areas with acupuncture can help relieve it entirely.
If you suffer from regular and serious headaches, but don’t want to rely on medication, contact Dynamic Physiotherapy today to book an acupuncture therapy session.