Headache & Migraine
What are the common symptoms and causes?
Headache is one of the most common reasons people seek for acupuncture is due to headache and migraine, it can be grouped into multiples types based on its cause.
Tension headache: Likely caused by tightness around neck and shoulder area, the pain is often a feeling of tightness or stiffness and often on the back side of your head, it however can be on any parts around the head.
Cluster headache: One of or the most severe/ painful headache patterns, abnormalities in the hypothalamus often plays a role. people will feel sharp, stabbing pain in or around one eye on one side of the head, it can last from weeks to months
Migraine: Genetics and environmental factors are considered to be the most common reasons. Brainstem and interactions with trigeminal nerve sometimes can alter brain chemicals’ secretions and thus cause migraine. The pain is often severe and throbbing with a pulsing sensation, mostly one side only and accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
How does acupuncture help treat it?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating headache and migraines for thousands of years. Many people in Asia seek only acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for their headaches. While pain killer only works temporarily; by inserting needles to trigger certain acu points on the body, acupuncture can restore normal functions of the head, the treatment varies largely on the kind of headaches but typically acupuncture is done to stimulate the peripheral nervous system in order to regain the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic system.
We are very proud to be one of few acupuncture clinics in GTA focusing on treating headache & migraines, especially those caused by neck/shoulder tensions, stress and bad posture issues from childhood. Almost everyone will see some kind of improvement over the treatment sessions, roughly more than 80% of individuals will be pain free and only need to maintain few times a year, some with proper posture training do not require further treatments.