Acupuncture & Physical Therapy for Migraines
Acupuncture helps to prevent migraines by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (Relaxed state) and decreasing muscle tension. An acupuncturist can use local points or choose distal points on the forearms and lower legs depending on the clients particular condition. Most patients are often surprised and delighted by how fast acupuncture can reduce the migraine headache by up to 100% within seconds of acupuncture treatment.
What are Migraines?
A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.
Emotional stress is a well-known trigger for migraines. People living in a fast-paced society tend to have imbalanced autonomic nervous systems. The parasympathetic (relaxed state) branch is inhibited, and the sympathetic branch (stressed state) is activated. This type of imbalance may be tied to other health conditions such as heart disease, insomnia, hypertension and premenstrual syndrome.
Increased muscle tension in the neck and upper back is common in people with migraines; therefore reducing this tension is an integral part of preventing migraines. By finding and treating the most reactive diagnostic points, we can affect an instantaneous increase in blood flow and oxygen to sore and tense muscles.
At Cork Acupuncture we often use other therapies such as Physical Therapy, Sports Massage, acupressure or electro-acupuncture when necessary. Many clients notice an improvement after the first treatment and the benefits of subsequent treatments are accumulative.
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Acupuncture leaves the majority of patients feeling “chilled out”, “serene” or simply “very relaxed”. For this reason many patients continue to come for acupuncture long after their original complaint has gone.
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