Acupuncture is growing in popularity and has many benefits, such as, regular aches and pains, osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, low back pain, neck pain and arthritis, as well as headaches, depression, nausea or common health problems like an overactive bladder. It is also used when people can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. Many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
Migraines affects 1 in 7 of us, over eight million people in the UK alone, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. Migraine headaches are also one of the leading causes of time missed from work. They can last from a few minutes to several days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.
Acupuncture can help to relieve headaches and treat the underlying causes. The treatment can offer powerful relief without the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
A migraine can involve recurrent attacks that can last up to three days and sufferers may also experience double vision, nausea and vomiting. Migraines are often thought to be caused by emotional strain, stress, hormonal imbalances, travelling and lack of food and/or sleep or by a reaction to some foods or medications. A large proportion of migraines can also be associated with upper neck issues.
Acupuncture can be an excellent component to treatment as well as the hands-on physiotherapy methods, like joint and muscle release.
In recent years, acupuncture has become more and more popular for treating migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches and stress-related headaches with approximately 73% of real acupuncture patients claiming to have 50% or greater reduction in the number of days with a migraine*.
Research has shown that traditional acupuncture can be very beneficial in the treatment of migraines as it tends to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends acupuncture for headaches and migraines.
Migraines can manifest in very different ways and a fully qualified acupuncture practitioner will want to know (among other things), exactly where the pain is located, what the nature of the pain is and whether the patient has any accompanying symptoms. An individual diagnosis and treatment plan is then tailored to the patient based on this information and on their general health history. It is recommended that patients have acupuncture treatment twice a week for at least eight weeks to be effective, however, this can vary as well and many find less sessions are effective
A typical traditional acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine, single use, sterile needles into the skin. This action aims to stimulate nerves located in muscles and other tissues to provide pain relief and increase blood flow in and around the brain. This process also alleviates individual underlying imbalances which are contributing long term to the person’s condition.
*The RMIT University and Royal Melbourne Hospital researchers, HealthCMi (2015)
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