5 Reasons you should consider acupuncture for treating your Migraines:
- In the U.S., more people suffer from migraines than from diabetes and asthma combined, affecting 1 out of 10 people.
- Migraine is in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses, and more than 90% of sufferers are unable to function normally when experiencing a migraine.
- Migraines affect approximately 18% of women and 5% of men in the United States.
- Migraines are one of the leading reasons for work absenteeism.
- Migraine headaches incur estimated annual costs totaling as much as 17 billion dollars in the United States.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know a migraine is not simply a bad headache. It is experienced as a severely intense, throbbing pain, most often on one side of the head (1 out of 3 attacks occur on both sides of the head), and it can be accompanied by symptoms such as:
- visual disturbances
- extreme sensitivities
- sensation changes in legs, arms or face.
A migraine attack typically lasts anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. It is not uncommon to have clusters of migraines.
Conventional treatment for migraine typically includes prescription medication. Medications for migraines are often extremely strong and the side effects can be debilitating. These can be either pain-relieving medications, taken during migraine attacks, or preventive medications, often taken regularly (before symptoms occur) to reduce the severity and/or frequency of migraine. The cost of the medications can also be prohibitive for some people, as they tend to be expensive.
Consider acupuncture treatments when all else has failed. Research studies have shown you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. At Point of Origin Acupuncture we have observed people afflicted with debilitating pain from migraines and they have regained their lives back! Living without headaches for weeks and months at a time.
It is possible to live life migraine-free.
Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body. This is most often done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals, affect the nervous system, or it may influence the body’s blood flow. It can be hard to understand or explain but the results speak for themselves.
A recent review of published medical literature in Headache magazine, March of 2015 states
“Acupuncture seems to be at least as effective as conventional drug preventative therapy for migraine and is safe, long lasting, and cost-effective.”
This summary is the most recent publication that once again shows medical proof that acupuncture could be the answer you have been looking for to help with your migraine pain.
At Point of Origin Acupuncture, a skilled practitioner will assess your case individually, and will formulate a treatment plan that is tailored to you. We want to help you move into a life free of migraine pain and into a brighter tomorrow.