Acupuncture for Headaches

Headaches are a common health problem, but they can certainly cause discomfort for individuals. The severity of your headache will depend on the type of headache you have and what the lead cause of it is. One headache, in particular, is called a migraine.

Migraines are described as a pounding, throbbing pain that usually lasts anywhere from 4 hours and up to 3 days with occurrences happening one to four times a month. Studies show that headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. If you're dealing with chronic headaches, incorporating acupuncture can be an excellent way to manage your symptoms and get back to doing the things you love.

What causes headaches?

There are many things that can contribute to headaches and migraines. Some causes can include: 

  • Stress

  • Biological and environmental conditions

  • Fatigue

  • Weather changes

  • Certain foods and drinks

  • Glaring lights

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Treating Headaches with Acupuncture

Pain medication isn't always the best solution for headaches. Not forgetting to mention, taking pain medications for long periods can lead to other health problems. As such, finding new, more effective ways to treat headaches has become a priority for many people. 

Acupuncture focuses on reducing pain, improving cellular metabolism, and restoring balance within the body. With that said, acupuncture is an excellent option for those who are dealing with chronic headaches, migraines, and certain neurological disorders. When you receive an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will place needles at specific pressure points along the hands, feet, and thighs to manage pain symptoms.

What are some neurological disorders that acupuncture treats?

Studies have shown acupuncture to be an effective solution for treating headaches and more specifically migraines. But, acupuncture is also a great holistic treatment for those who experience neurological disorders. Here are 3 neurological disorders that acupuncture may help treat.

  • Peripheral Neuropathy: This is a condition that occurs as a result of nerve damage. Individuals with this condition often experience numbness, weakness, and pain.

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia: This is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. Even mild stimulation to the face such as brushing your teeth can potentially trigger sudden pain for individuals living with this condition.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This syndrome causes numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. 

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Benefits of Acupuncture for Headaches and Neurological Disorders

Medication isn't the best long-term pain solution. Implementing acupuncture for headaches, migraines, and certain neurological disorders can provide pain relief and improve your quality of life. 

In fact, regular acupuncture treatment stimulates the release of hormones, which has a positive effect on the nervous system. Not only that, but studies show that acupuncture is effective for pain management. More specifically, acupuncture treatment is great for chronic pain conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, headaches, trigeminal neuropathy, and pain due to fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture treatment may also support individuals in experiencing fewer acute migraines as there are several important temporal regions including the back of the head and neck that can provide great relief. Another benefit of acupuncture is the promotion of increased cerebral flow, which can reduce the symptoms associated with headaches. In fact, headache researchers today believe that changes in blood flow and blood vessels in the brain contribute to migraines.

Consider MFW for Acupuncture Treatment

We know that living in pain is uncomfortable, which is why we're dedicated to helping our patients find a solution that's right for them. If you suffer from headaches — and even neurological disorders, consider us at MFW for acupuncture treatments.

It's no need to spend countless hours on Google looking for an answer to your pain. We offer safe and effective acupuncture treatments designed to treat chronic, complicated problems. Contact us or schedule an appointment today if you're ready to live pain-free.