Migraines Treatment in Fort Bragg - Mendocino Coast
Acupuncture for Migraines
There are a number of reasons why acupuncture is a good choice of treatment. Firstly, migraines are related to changes in blood flow. Acupuncture treatment regulates blood flow in the body by stimulating the smooth muscle fiber in the arterial walls, helping the body to self-regulate.
Secondly, acupuncture is an integrated treatment, which means your whole health is taken into account. In addition to needling, simple massages and movement exercises may be prescribed. Aspects of your diet and lifestyle may be triggering migraines, and these can be managed through relaxation techniques, or the cutting out of certain trigger foods. For some women, acupuncture at certain times in the menstrual cycle can reduce the symptoms of migraine.
In addition, acupuncture is a natural treatment. Migraine medications can sometimes cause what is known as medication overuse headache, increasing the problem. With the aid of acupuncture, the body can be brought into a state of balance and general health which will see a reduction in the number and severity of headaches.
While there is no absolute cure for migraines, acupuncture can help to reduce the frequency of attacks, manage the symptoms, and enable you to live your life to the full.
Migraines are exhausting, and often overpowering. They may last for hours or even days, affecting your ability to work, study, exercise, and live the life you want. For some sufferers, certain foods such as cheese, red wine or caffeine can trigger a migraine. In others, it can be a stress response. Statistics show that women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines, and that in some cases it may be affected by the menstrual cycle.
The exact causes of migraines is unknown, although we do know that it involves changing blood flow to the brain. Blood vessels initially narrow, leading to symptoms such as visual disturbances, weakness, and tingling. As the blood vessels then enlarge, blood flow increases and a migraine is the result.
Conventional treatment for severe migraines is medication. It is not known how most migraine medications, such as beta-blockers, actually work, but they are prescribed regardless. Symptoms can sometimes be lowered if the medication is taken immediately after the first signs of migraine are present, however this isn’t always effective.