Acupuncture for Migraines
Here at Merritt Wellness Center, we see many individuals who suffer from conditions that elude the efforts of standard Western medicine – and of these elusive complaints, migraines are surely one of the most painful. If you’re disabled for days at a time by these ferocious headaches, you’ll be happy to know that acupuncture for migraines can help you achieve natural, drug-free relief.
The visual auras, nausea, and blinding pain of a migraine may be triggered by a variety of factors, from inadequate (or too much) sleep to intense stress, weather changes, hormonal shifts and specific foods. Brain chemistry changes cause the sympathetic nerve system to dilate blood vessels in the head. Acupuncture can help normalize your nervous system function, release endorphins, and block those blinding pain messages. If we’re performing a preventative needling, we may focus on acupuncture points in the lower body to avoid accidentally triggering a dilation of cranial blood vessels.
Acupuncture’s beneficial effects on migraines can extend beyond treatment of the migraines themselves. This healing modality can also help your body cope better with emotional and physical stress, both of which are known migraine triggers in many people. It can also help you enjoy more consistent sleep patterns, thus allowing you to sidestep another potential trigger. We can also combine our acupuncture techniques with other natural solutions such as nutritional counseling to help you eliminate migraine-triggering foods from your diet.
The evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness against migraines is mounting. A recent Chinese study demonstrated that acupuncture could reduce the average number of attacks experienced by participants from 4.8 a month to 3 a month. When you consider that a single migraine attack can last to up 72 hours, that’s a lot of pain-free, productive time regained. Contact Merritt Wellness Center in Austin, Texas today to start reclaiming your life from the grip of migraine symptoms!