Headaches and Migraines
It can be hard to tell if you're having a typical headache or a migraine headache. Differentiating the head pain can help identify the cause of the problem. Headaches can range from mild to severe. The head pain feels like an excess of pressure or achy. They usually occur on the sides of your head but can occur on the forehead, temples, or occipital area. The most common headaches are tension headaches. They can be triggered by various factors, such as lack of sleep, stress, overwork, environment, diet, and some medications.
Unlike other headaches, migraines can affect daily life activities. The pain ranges from moderate to severe and is characterized by an intense throbbing. Migraine headaches typically occur on only one side of the head. However, it is possible to have a migraine affect both sides of the head. There are two types of migraines: with an aura and without aura. An aura is a sensation a person experiences 10 to 30 minutes before a migraine. These sensations include feeling less mentally alert, seeing flashing lights or unusual lines, feeling tingling or numbness in the face or hands, and experiencing an unusual smell, taste, or touch.
Below are a few treatments that can help;
Headaches & Migrane Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that works by stimulating the body's natural response to relieve tension and pain. Specific pressure points on a person’s back or neck are stimulated in order to help relieve pain by slowing the nervous system's transmission of pain signals.
Gua Sha is a technique that involves a smooth edged tool being stroked along the neck, face, and shoulders. It works by relieving muscle tension and improving blood flow. It is commonly used for congestion, various types of headaches, and migraines.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs can subtly regulate the production of hormones, which can address the root cause of a migraine. Chinese herbal formulas can also address the triggers of a headache or migraine by improving sleep, anxiety, and stress. Herbs can also strengthen your body in order to prevent migraines.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition
Migraines can often be linked to diet. It is not uncommon for certain foods to trigger the symptoms of a migraine; for instance, reducing coffee can help reduce the occurrence of migraines. A Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may suggest dietary changes for better results.
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