Acupuncture may be effective in managing the pain and discomfort of having a headache. Headaches are most commonly caused by dehydration and eye strain from blue screen devises. However many headaches can arise from any number of factors, including tension, muscle contraction, vascular problems, elevated blood pressure, withdrawal from certain medications, or injury. These can be relieved with the use of acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been applied to headaches from the earliest beginnings of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture may not only be helpful to relieve migraine headaches, but has also been used to assist with tension headaches, cluster headaches and post-traumatic headaches. Research studies have shown that acupuncture can interrupt cluster headaches quickly and effectively. A 2012 meta-analysis research combined data from roughly 18,000 individual patients in 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture conclusively demonstrated that acupuncture is effective for headache.
How can acupuncture help?
- Increase circulation of blood throughout the head, assisting in the oxygenation of tissue and cycling out cortisol and other waste products.
- Provide a drug-fee alternative to help manage headaches.
- Function as preventative measure (the earlier headache signs/symptoms can be found and treated, the better – regular check-ups are recommended in these instances)
- Lower the heart rate and blood pressure and relax the muscles in and around the head
- can help to produce neurochemical messenger molecules (serotonin and dopamine) that are linked to the body’s general feeling of happiness and wellbeing that patients feel after a treatment.
Acupuncture at Restore
The professional, experienced acupuncturists at Restore Health & Wellness assist patients with all forms of headache and migraine. Working with the patient and their care team, such as the patients GP or specialist, to develop a working diagnosis and an appropriate care plan. The safety profile of acupuncture is also excellent, with very few adverse events when performed by a trained practitioner.