Acupuncture For Migraines/Headaches

You might complain of a headache every now and then, but having an actual headache disorder is much different, and feels much worse. Headache disorders are actually very common, affecting half of people from over the world, according to the World Health Organization. There are different kinds of headaches: 

  • Migraines
    • Moderate to severe intensity
    • Unilateral
    • Can last for hours or even days
    • Sometimes include nausea and/or sensitivity to light and sound
    • Commonly occur in people 35-45 years old, and more common in women
  • Tension
    • Most common type of primary headache disorder
    • Pressure/tension wrapping around the head or spreading from the neck
    • Can be episodic or chronic
    • Can be triggered by stress or musculoskeletal tension in upper back and neck
    • Commonly occur more often in women
  • Cluster
    • Less common than migraines and tension headaches
    • Frequently recurring headaches that are short and intense
    • Commonly focused around one eye
    • Can be episodic or chronic
  • Medication-overuse
    • Most common secondary headache disorder
    • Caused by an overuse of headache medication, which can cause persistent rebound headaches

There is a drastic effect on all who suffer from these headaches, no matter which kind you are experiencing — and at Integrative Acupuncture in Delray Beach, we know how to help.

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so if you haven’t yet tried acupuncture for your headaches and migraines, now is the time to do it! 

According to clinical trials done by the American Migraine Foundation, acupuncture can help reduce the frequency of headaches by at least 50% or more. Their studies concluded that at least six treatment sessions of acupuncture are needed in order to reap the benefits. 

So, how does it work? One of the main benefits of acupuncture is how it works to reduce pain — and that is pretty much what a headache is — pain. According to Chinese Medicine, pain is caused by a blockage of qi, or flow of energy, and blood in the meridian system. To reduce the pain, the qi and blood must get moving again, which is exactly what the practice of acupuncture is meant to do. When the acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body, they increase blood flow and circulation, ultimately working to release the qi from blockage, and reducing the pain you are feeling.

Don’t assume that the insertion points to treat migraines and headaches are on the head. The points are actually on lower parts of the body, such as the legs and forearms. This is because an increase of circulation in the head has the potential to increase the pain, so acupuncturists stay away from places like the head and neck. 

Acupuncturists treat migraine and headache pain much like they do stress relief. The needles are inserted in places to help reduce tension and increase blood flow, helping to relieve tension felt in the neck and upper back.

Acupuncture for the treatment of migraines and headache is a safe and great alternative for people who either don’t want to take or don’t find any relief from prescribed drugs.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the headaches listed at the beginning of this article, call us to schedule a free consultation with one of our practitioners. Acupuncture treatment could put an end to that constant pounding, pain, and pressure you are feeling, and help you feel much more relaxed, calm, and collected. Call us at 561-819-0530 to make an appointment.

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