Acupuncture treatment may aid in treating many common headaches including period-related, stress, muscle tension headaches and also may be useful in migraine prophylaxis.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve got a headache?” It’s one of the most common problems in society today, yet a headache, particularly the recurring kind, shouldn’t be taken lightly. It might well be the symptom of some underlying imbalance or deeper problem.

It’s little wonder that the consumption of analgesics in Australia is so widespread. It’s a symptom of our modern lifestyle to “pop a pill” for convenience and temporary relief without ever getting to the real root of the problem.

Sadly, too, because prolonged use of these medications can cause long term side effects.

If you’re suffering from headaches it could be the result of any one or a combination of some of the following problems.

  • Emotional:
    Created by emotional stress, anxiety and worry leading to an increase in tension in the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Occupational:
    From sitting in one position with your head bent over; also from poor posture and working conditions common with office workers and students; bad lighting; also physical overwork and tightening of neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Poor eating habits:
    Caused by eating foods you may have an intolerance or allergy to; irregular eating habits; constipation.
  • Hormonal imbalances:
    Such as pre-menstrual syndrome.
  • Physical Trauma:
    …causing damage to the structural or connective tissue of the neck; and/or arthritis; disc degeneration leading to pinching of the spinal nerves.
  • Genetic:
    Problems such as inherited tendency towards migraine.
  • Weather conditions:
    High humidity, cold, windy days.
  • Over-acidity of the stomach.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Sinus complaints.

Getting right to the point

If you describe a headache that occurs at your temple region, your acupuncturist understands that this has a different cause from one which may occur at the back of your head. Correspondingly, each type of headache will be treated according to its individual cause.

Acupuncture treatment may be useful for most common headaches including migrane, cluster, period-related, stress/tension and muscle/tension headaches.

What’s more, acupuncture can work in a preventative capacity as well.

How does it work? Acupuncture can work in a therapeutic and preventative manner by re-harmonising your body’s imbalances. Your treatment can actually begin without you even having a headache. After all, prevention is better than cure.

Drug free pain control

What a relief!  A drug-free alternative to the pain you’ve been experiencing. Yet it’s so simple, and so effective. And it’s been proven over thousands of years. Acupuncture works because it puts your system back on track by correcting your body’s energy imbalances.

Incidentally, the frequency and duration of treatment will vary according to your individual condition. Generally speaking, the longer a patient has had a particular condition, the longer it will take to treat.

Your nearest accredited acupuncturist will be happy to explain it all to you.

Headache Checklist

  • When does it start? What time of the day?
  • How long does it last? And now often does it occur?
  • Where is the pain?
  • What starts or aggravates it?
  • What type of pain is it? Dull, sharp, stabbing, and so on?
  • What makes it better or eases it? Rest? Exercise? Heat? Cold? Sitting? Standing? Physical work?

“Getting to the point of…” Headaches brochure Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.