We currently treat a number of headache types:
Tension Headaches? Acupuncture for Headaches Is an Effective Treatment
Relief from pain is a frequent reason patients choose acupuncture therapy. Not surprisingly, acupuncture for headaches (the tension variety) is one of the most common treatments provided here at the Beach Community Acupuncture (BCA) clinic.
Tension headaches are frequently a result of stress, poor sleep, poor diet or poor posture. They can feel like a throbbing or pressurized sensation at the base of the skull. Most everyone is prone to getting tension headaches from time to time due to the hectic pace of everyday life. But if you experience these uncomfortable pains several times a week, you don’t have to just suffer through them. Acupuncture is a cost-effective, holistic treatment for headaches and many patients find the relief they are seeking with regular treatments.
Does Acupuncture Work for Headaches?
A number of studies has shown that acupuncture treatment for headaches is effective in both reducing the frequency of headaches and their severity. Acupuncture can serve as an alternative treatment for headaches and can also work to prevent more severe headaches such as migraines. Ancient Chinese medicine has successfully used acupuncture for headaches, back pains, neck pains, and other tension spots for thousands of years.
In a recent German study, participants found the results of using acupuncture to be extremely effective. Study participants had between 6.7 and 7.2 more headache-free days in the weeks following the treatments. These participants continued feeling the beneficial effects of this natural treatment for headaches even months after receiving the actual acupuncture, which surprised researchers.
Treatment for Headaches Can Combine Acupuncture with OTC Medicines
A popular and sought-after holistic treatment for headaches, acupuncture has practically zero side effects. Patients who take an over the counter medicine can also benefit from regular acupuncture for headache treatments. An additional study showed that regular acupuncture treatments with over the counter medication for tension headaches showed the greatest relief from the headaches themselves and that they tended to be shorter and with reduced intensity.
Pressure Points Are Key for Effective Treatment for Headaches
Though it might seem counterintuitive, as an alternative treatment for headaches, acupuncture treats the whole body and not just the head and neck area. Pressure points at other parts of your body – far away from the pain area — may need to be stimulated in order for the patient to feel pain relief. As a natural treatment for headaches, acupuncture works by rebalancing the energy channels and health of the entire body, which includes more than just the head.
Contact us today at (619) 224-2442 to learn about how acupuncture for headaches can reduce or minimize your pains.