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Can Acupuncture Help Headaches?

If you suffer migraines, you’re not alone. Migraines plague one in four U. households with both children and adults. Further, 4 million people experience chronic migraines, which means they suffer from blinding headaches at least 15 days per month.

People who suffer chronic migraines try medication and whatever therapies they believe will help, often with limited success. However, if you’d rather stop your migraines at their source, rather than just masking pain with drugs, acupuncture may be for you.

The medical professionals at Rincon Pain and Spine believe in holistic and integrated medicine, and they’ve had great success using acupuncture to help patients suffering from chronic migraines. Here’s how acupuncture can help you.

What is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that originated from China and seeks to unblock the body’s flow of energy, its qi. Through acupuncture, our doctors trigger acupressure points along your body to rebalance your flow of energy. We strategically place tiny, sterilized needles along your pathways to address your particular health concern, including migraines.

In many Western cultures, modern medicine has overshadowed Eastern healing techniques, such as acupuncture. However, medical researchers and practitioners are increasingly calling on ancient treatments to harness the healing power that lies within the human body.

What are migraines?

Migraines are recurring headaches that cause pulsing or throbbing pain that ranges from moderate to severe. Often, the pain causes nausea and weakness and is located on one side of your head. During a migraine, a sufferer can become sensitive to light and sound. And sometimes, migraines are preceded by “auras,” visual distortions that act as an early warning system. 

Migraines can be triggered by physical and environmental changes. Triggers include certain foods, hormonal changes, stress, and even changes in barometric pressure.

How acupuncture relieves migraines

Researchers are finding that acupuncture helps relieve migraine pain. The American Migraine Foundation reported on a study that compiled the results of 22 trials where acupuncture treated migraines. The studies found that of the nearly 5,000 participants who tried acupuncture, 59% reported a reduction in headache frequency by 50% or more.

We use acupuncture to stimulate your immune system and your circulation. Acupuncture also stimulates nerves to release endorphins, the “feel good” hormones. Freeing up these resources takes the bite out of chronic migraines, reducing their frequency and duration. 

If you’d like to know more about how acupuncture can help relieve your chronic migraines, call us at 520-257-4908, or use our online booking tool.

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