Treating Headaches & Migraines

Headaches can be in many locations, and called many things. You may refer to your pain as a migraine, a sinus headache, etc. What they all have in common is blood vessel inflammation, resulting in pain. In this article, we will use the word ‘headache’ to include all of the following types of syndromes:

  • Sinus Pain

  • Migraines

  • Pain-related Nausea

  • Visual Disturbances

  • Brain Fog

  • Pain in back of head

  • Tension headaches

  • Vestibular Migraines and Dizziness

Headaches can be a very debilitating health issue, causing severe pain, nausea, irritability, dizziness, brain fog, and vision symptoms. We have helped many clients relieve their headaches

through acupuncture. Our

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treatments help lower tension in the head and shoulders, as well as relax the client. It’s especially helpful to be treated during a headache, as we can usually resolve the pain as well as learn which meridians are involved in the imbalance so we can help prevent future headaches. (call in to 314-772-4325 if the schedule looks full, we usually can find a spot for those suffering from pain).

While acupuncture is a great tool to help headaches, most people require lifestyle adjustments to keep the headaches away. Research has shown that there are many headache triggers which people encounter every day. Some triggers can be avoided (certain foods, caffeine, medications and alcohol) and some are harder to avoid
(weather changes/barometer, stress and hormones). What is important is to lower the total trigger load, so that any one trigger doesn’t push you above you headache threshold. The lifestyle changes lower the total trigger load, so that unavoidable triggers like weather and hormonal changes do not tip one into a headache response.

Our acupuncturists have helped many headache sufferers become pain free. In addition to treating you with acupuncture, they can explain how important lifestyle changes are. As many clients resist changing their lifestyle, our acupuncturists can inspire the client that the changes are worth it, and that true healing can occur. Clients who previously resisted change typically our practioners to be very encouraging and reassuring.

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We highly recommend the book "Heal Your Headache” by David Bucholz, M.D. He has seen thousands of people suffering from headaches, and has developed a three step process to help people recover from recurring headaches. So many of our clients are grateful to have learned from this book. Even better, once clients implement this three step program, many of them need much fewer acupuncture treatments or none at all.

This book is available at our clinic or online.