How Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Your Chronic Headaches

Chronic headaches can be incredibly frustrating to deal with since they’re moving targets that are often difficult to pin down. Spot medications may provide some relief, but they’re simply masking the problem and often come with unfortunate side effects. A better solution may be to tap the powerful healing resources within your body through acupuncture, helping your body to ward off head pain in the first place

At Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, we take a holistic and integrative approach to helping our clients in Florham Park, New Jersey, overcome chronic pain, including the debilitating pain that comes with headaches. As part of this holistic approach, we’ve had great success with acupuncture, which has allowed our patients to gain the upper hand on head pain.

A treatment for the ages

As a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been used for millennia to resolve everything from gastrointestinal upset to mood disorders by restoring the flow of energy in your body. The theory behind the practice is that your body is an amazingly self-sufficient machine that contains all the resources necessary to promote optimal function.

But like any well-oiled machine, a blockage or disruption in any given area can have a widespread impact on your body’s ability to ferry the critical resources to where they’re needed.

During an acupuncture session, we place small needles into different points on your body to release the flow of energy, or “qi” as it’s called in TCM. By lifting the blocks that prevent your body from functioning properly, we can tackle chronic headaches by allowing your energy to flow freely, preventing headaches from developing in the first place.

Tackling head pain

Now let’s take a closer look at the different types of headaches that acupuncture can help. Among the more common types of headaches are tension headaches, which can feel like there’s a vice grip around your head. Through acupuncture, we release the tension in your body, which then releases this grip on your head, neck, and shoulders.

Another common form of headache is migraines. In fact, more than 38 million people in the United States are affected by migraines, and up to 3 million of them suffer from chronic migraines. Migraines are notoriously difficult to treat as medications are only moderately effective. As medical researchers cast about for better solutions, many have studied the effect that acupuncture has on reducing the frequency of these painful headaches.

And the results are extremely encouraging. The American Migraine Foundation reported that 22 different clinical trials involving nearly 5,000 people showed that acupuncture reduced the frequency of migraines by 50% or more.

No matter what type of headache you suffer from, odds are that acupuncture can make an appreciable difference.

Putting acupuncture into practice

While the thought of sticking needles into your body may sound less than appealing, we assure you that our acupuncturists are highly trained and most of our clients find their acupuncture sessions to be very relaxing. The sterile needles are extremely thin and our acupuncturist places them in the proper points to target your head pain. You may feel a small pinch when they insert the needle, but this is a fleeting sensation.

Our acupuncture sessions typically last from 30-60 minutes, after which you’re free to get on with your day. You may need a series of acupuncture treatments to start, after which we simply maintain your great results through regular follow-ups.

If you’re tired of dealing with chronic headaches, and medications aren’t doing the job, call us to explore how acupuncture can help. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.