If you suffer from occasional headaches you’re not alone.
And whether you experience minor pain or severe migraines from time to time, finding a natural solution that can provide lasting relief is possible through acupuncture.
In fact, when it comes to headache pain it is better to address the root causes of the problem. And this is especially true if you suffer from chronic headaches.
Understanding headache types
According to traditional Chinese Medicine there are a few factors that may play a key role in the root cause(s) of a headache.
- body constitution
- emotional health
- excessive work
- social and exercise activities
- improper diet
- physical trauma
- and hormones
Headaches can also be diagnosed according to specific symptoms, times of occurrence, location on the body, type of pain, triggers and remedies which provide relief.
A natural path to relief
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine take a holistic approach to healthcare in general, and specific issues like headaches in particular.
Naturally, acupuncture is extremely effective in reducing the frequency and severity of many types of painful conditions, including headache pain.
It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a “quick fix.”
Changes may occur quickly or over a longer period of time, depending upon your overall constitution and health. And whether you only need one visit to address your headache or several visits for a chronic condition, it’s important to follow recommendations and suggestions after your visit to help prevent future headaches.
Below are a few ways that you can participate in your own healing, by making simple lifestyle changes that may help soothe—or even prevent—head pain.
Track those triggers
Try to keep track of when your headaches start. Migraine sufferers may find it especially helpful to keep a diary of symptoms and possible causes. Triggers might include anything from eating chocolate, to anxiety or inhaling specific smells. Pinpointing these triggers—and avoiding them when possible—could help.
Stress puts a lot of strain on the body, and can contribute to many types of health concerns, including headaches. Talk to your practitioner about healthy ways to handle stress, such as meditation or breathing techniques.
Physical activity is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, and is a great antidote to stress. Your acupuncturist can recommend types of exercises that may work best for you.
Making minor changes can, and do, make a big difference in your overall health and vitality. Do your best to eat healthy, organic foods, and make sure to get enough sleep every day.
Schedule your appointment today
If you have questions about how acupuncture can help you, or you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, please call me (Marnie) at 503-282-5666.
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