When physical pain is so severe that it becomes completely disabling, it’s obvious that you are dealing with a very serious problem. For people suffering from migraines, this serious problem is something they are very familiar with. Not your average headache, having a migraine is often referred to as “having an attack” since the quick onset of significant pain and discomfort can feel like a targeted assault on your health.
A migraine usually features a strong to overwhelming pulsing or throbbing sensation, accompanied by a heightened sensitivity to both light and sound. If severe enough, the symptoms of a migraine can lead to nausea and vomiting. Depending on exposure to triggers, a migraine attack can last anywhere from a few hours to a day. But there is hope for everyone out there suffering either from booming headaches or from avoiding some of their favorite foods that contain triggers—because a solution waits for you with your local acupuncture therapist!
How Does Acupuncture Combat Migraines?
Acupuncture has earned a reputation for being a great, non-invasive option for managing mild to intense pain. By working with a skilled therapist, patients around the world have been able to not only manage their pain but in many cases eliminate it entirely. Over multiple sessions, your therapist will identify any blockage in your body’s energy (qi), and work to return your natural flow. You will notice that after each session you are relaxed, calmed, and centered—this release of stress and other emotional burdens can also contribute to fewer migraines, at a lesser severity level.
Even to this day, Western medicine has not fully accepted the benefits acupuncture has as a treatment for an array of conditions. But there are some bright spots of understanding, like the apparent acceptance by Western doctors that acupuncture has a proven positive impact on migraine-sufferers. This has been evidenced in several studies, the most recent published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The largest study featured a population size of more than 4500 participants who suffered from migraines continually and lasted over 20 weeks.
To ensure that the study identified the effect of acupuncture, some participants were administered true acupuncture, others were administered fake acupuncture, and the last group was given neither. The results of the study were promising, as the participants receiving true acupuncture reported a noticeable decrease in the frequency and severity of their migraines.
How to Get Started
Finding the right therapist and office for your treatment is critical. Take some time to find a therapist that can fit your schedule and also has the experience and skills needed to help you achieve your pain management goals.
Next, you will need to make a commitment to your therapy sessions—one or two sessions done sporadically will not offer the results you’re looking for. Work with your chosen therapist to develop a schedule that works for you, and still grants access to the benefits of your treatment.
Lastly, make sure you work with your therapist by communicating with them before and after your treatments. The more they know about your health habits and how you are feeling before and after your sessions, the better they will be able to tailor their treatment to your body.
If you’re in the NYC area and want to take control of your migraine pain, contact us today!
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