Headache is a very common health-related condition in Australia, with approximately 15% of Australians taking pain-relieving medications for headache symptoms at any point in time. There are different types of headache, as well as many different causes. Most headaches occur as the result of more than one contributing factor. Common contributing factors for headache include diet, stress, muscle tension and lack of exercise. Some people rarely experience headaches; however people who suffer from chronic headaches often experience detrimental effects on their personal relationships, work performance and overall quality of life. Acupuncture therapy is an effective, holistic and natural form of healing that has a wide range of health benefits and can improve a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture for headaches may provide relief from the pain associated with headache, as well as reduce the frequency and duration of headache symptoms.
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture for headaches can be a valuable form of treatment for headaches, with headache patients reporting clinically relevant improvements after receiving acupuncture therapy. Improvements included a reduction in severity of pain, reduction in duration and reduction in frequency of headaches after a course of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture for headaches works well for most types of headaches, with positive associations found between acupuncture treatment and tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches and disease-related headaches. Acupuncture for headaches works well in addition to conventional medical treatment, and may result in a reduction in the use of pain-relieving medications, which in turn can help to reduce any side effects these medications may cause.
Acupuncture for Migraines
Migraines are a type of headache that are characterized by moderate to severe pulsating pain with associated symptoms, that can last anywhere from 2 hours up to over 72 hours. The pain caused by a migraine is often quite debilitating and can be exacerbated by physical activity. Common associated symptoms that can accompany migraines include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound or smell. Factors that contribute to migraines include genetic pre-disposition and environmental factors. As with acupuncture for headaches, acupuncture for migraines has been shown to help reduce pain and reduce frequency of attacks. Some studies have found that acupuncture for migraines might provide significantly better pain relief than basic care for managing migraine. Studies have also found that acupuncture treatment may be highly effective as a prophylactic treatment, resulting in a reduction in the number of attacks experienced by patients, as well as a decrease in accompanying symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
Acupuncture for headaches and acupuncture for migraines is a safe and effective treatment option that may result in a reduction of severity, duration and frequency of symptoms. If headaches or migraines are affecting you, contact our experienced acupuncture doctor at CityHealth.