Acupuncture for Migraine & Headache Relief

Headaches and migraines can affect our ability to live and work. Though painkillers offer temporary relief and do play a role in a holistic treatment plan, acupuncture treats the underlying cause for a more lasting solution.

Research shows that acupuncture for headaches and migraines can significantly reduce both their intensity and frequency.

Typical migraine symptoms may include:
  • Moderate to severe head pain, affecting one side of the head, temples, and neck lasting from few hours to a few days;
  • Photophobia, visual distortion, and seeing flashes of light;
  • Nausea and vomiting.
Migraines are more common in women and often cause sufferers to derail their daily routine. Painkillers and other pharmaceutical drugs such as beta blockers and antidepressants can be helpful, but often do not help with prevention.

How can acupuncture help with migraines?
Recent studies have consistently found acupuncture to be at least as effective at preventing the onset of migraine as prophylactic medication, but with no side effects. The positive impact of acupuncture is explained by several factors:
  • Releasing endorphins which change perceptions of pain;
  • Reducing inflammation by increasing blood flow;
  • Affecting serotonin levels in the brain.

Attributes of Tension headaches:
  • Headaches are generally described as mild to moderate
  • The pain usually feels heavy or dull
  • It’s often associated with neck or shoulder tension
  • Headaches can come in clusters
  • Painkillers reduce pain but do not prevent the headaches

Can acupuncture help migraines and headaches?

An acupuncturist will look at you holistically.  We will ask detailed questions about the nature, location, and frequency of your headaches as well as questions about other body systems, your diet, and habits.  We will look for patterns to help identify underlying causes and potential treatments.

Acupuncture can help reduce acute headache and migraine symptoms, but its real strength is targeting root causes to therefore prevent them altogether.

Contact our office today and start your journey to lasting relief.
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