According to the British Acupuncture Council website ‘Headaches affect 80% of the adult population in the UK and are often more prevalent in women’. The term ‘Tension type headache’ is used to describe both frequent and infrequent episodes as well as chronic tension type headaches which can often develop into a migraine. Where headaches are typically quite mild in pain intensity and can last from minutes to days, migraines are usually more severe in pain and can last from 4 to 72 hours at any one time. Both of these conditions can severely affect individuals but acupuncture tries to significantly help in managing this pain.
Acupuncture aims to help relieve the pain caused by headaches and migraines by stimulating the nervous system; causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules which work to deactivate the ‘analytical’ part of the brain responsible for anxiety and worry. By stimulating these acupoints the brains sensitivity to pain and stress is reduced allowing increased relaxation.
The British Acupuncture Council shows strong supporting evidence for using acupuncture to treat both headaches and migraines. Recent results consistently show that ‘acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment/basic care for managing migraines, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects’. The evidence for headaches also states that ‘the most up-to-date and highest quality systematic review showed that there are clinically relevant benefits of adding acupuncture to routine care and also a statistical advantage of ‘true’ acupuncture over sham interventions’.
At Acupuncture That Works we are happy to help if you are suffering from headaches or migraines and will be glad to offer you a free no obligation assessment and talk to you about the benefits that treatment could bring. Please call us on 0800 051 76 88 to make your appointment.