Migraine Headaches

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

More than 38 million people in the world suffer from migraines. Some migraine =]]studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. population have migraines, and 2-3 million migraine suffers are chronic. Almost 5 million people in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month, while more than 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability. Women are 70% more likely than men to suffer from migraines with the highest occurrence in the 35-55 year old demographic. 91% of migraine sufferers miss work or can’t function normally during an attack. [1]

Migraine headaches usually begin with a dull aching sensation in one part of the head, which then spreads out over the entire head and develops into a constant, throbbing, painful headache. Some may also experience extreme sensitivity to light, sound, touch and/or motion. Nausea can frequently be another symptom. Unfortunately, the medications available, whether over the counter or prescribed, only address the symptoms and do not treat the root cause. For a majority of females, migraines are usually connected to the timing of their menstrual cycle.

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years as a means to relieve migraines. Because acupuncture is a safe and natural therapy that has no side effects, it can be used with or without western medications. For those with more severe migraines who are already under a doctor’s care, we are happy to work with you and your doctor to maximize your relief. Our primary objective as practitioners is to help you feel balanced and healthy every day. According to a 2012 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Acupuncture helps reduce the number of days with migraines, and it can have lasting, therapeutic effects.

 Relief from your migraines

We recommend regular weekly treatments to work preventatively, over the course of at least 3 months. For women, this gives the acupuncturist a chance to treat you pre- and post-menses, as well as pre- and post-ovulation. Regular treatments will ensure that your hormone levels stay balanced and steady and this will also help reduce the occurrence of migraines and lessen their severity. Please remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix, but it can be an effective and long-lasting solution to relieving your migraines.

After conducting a thorough evaluation and an initial exam, an acupuncturist will use the information gathered to create a unique treatment plan to address your individual needs and concerns. Once we have identified which organ system or line of energy has become unbalanced, this helps us to find the “root” of your symptoms to treat you more effectively.   Don’t wait until your next migraine headache stops you in your tracks — call us today and book an evaluation for acupuncture treatment today.

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[1] Statistics courtesy of the editorial staff of www.migraine.com, Health Union, LLC ©2010-2018