Acupuncture for Headaches
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine has been used effectively to treat headaches since its earliest history. It is effective for many forms of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and disease related headaches such as sinus problems, high blood pressure and sleep disorders.
Headache is one of the most common health complaints that bring people to health professionals. By some estimates, about 50 million Americans have severe, long-lasting or frequent headaches. Though often not severe or dangerous, they can be bothersome and account for lowered productivity and quality of life.
Headache Treatment with Acupuncture:
The advantage acupuncture has over commonly used pharmaceuticals is that it is safe with virtually no side effects. Some medications include expected side effects and can sometimes induce a “rebound” headache. Not only is acupuncture effective to treat the recurrence of headaches, it is also very effective in reducing an active headache occurring at the time of the treatment.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. It is often described as tight, stiff, or constricting, and commonly described as if having a vice around the head. It is usually mild to moderate and occurs on both sides of the head. Migraine headaches are more severe, though they affect far fewer people. More common in women than men, the pain is usually one sided. When they get severe they may cause loss of appetite, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. They may also include light and sound sensitivity, see auras or other changes of vision, vertigo, imbalance, confusion and numbness. Cervico-genic headaches are caused by pain in the neck or spine that is referred up to the head. This is an often over-looked cause of headaches. All of these types of headache are effectively addressed with acupuncture.
The various types of headaches can become chronic if they occur every day or almost every day. Also, overuse of pain medications can result in aggravating the headache pattern. Because there are so many variables in what causes headaches, the best treatment plan is a customized one that is determined after reviewing your unique situation. Treatment can take weeks or months but most people will experience some improvement with their first session.
It is also important to recognize when headaches may be a sign of a serious health condition. These may include headaches after trauma, in the elderly, or with the following symptoms: vomiting without nausea, severe dizziness, fever, extreme neck pain, sudden onset, or hypertension. Seek medical help immediately in these instances.
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