Acupuncture for Headache Pain
How Acupuncture Helps
Migraines may occur due to stress and/or muscle tension. Acupuncture helps by disrupting these trigger points in muscles. As a result, promoting muscle relaxation and decreasing migraine or headache symptoms.
Acupuncture also helps stimulate the release of the body’s natural hormones and chemicals. Specifically endorphins, one of the main chemicals of the body and its’ natural pain killer.
Physiologically acupuncture increases circulation, decreases inflammation, relieves pain and muscle spasms and increases T-cell count. Therefore, stimulating the immune system.
Lastly, the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent! It offers an important non-drug option for sufferers of migraine pain. Consequently, leading to a lower risk of opiate or substance abuse.
Overall, it is shown to be effective at decreasing the frequency of migraine/headaches. It can also be more tolerable than medications containing side affects.
Acupressure Handout For Headaches
Acupressure works by applying pressure on different points of the body to stimulate “qi”. There are particular points that help relieve headaches. Please see handout below (left side).
Aromatherapy can be used in addition to acupressure! It is also know as essential oil therapy. By allowing the oils to be absorbed through the skin or smelled, you stimulate your nasal receptors and promote circulation. This can lead to stress relief (a common cause for headaches and migraine).