We treat a great number of patients with migraine headaches. These headaches are debilitating and often keep people from being able to perform daily activities or even function at all. While we must be grateful for western allopathic medicine in diagnosing and treating many life-threatening conditions, we are often left with limited options for alleviating more chronic and less diagnosable (from a western perspective) conditions, such as chronic headaches. Whether the cause is stress, diet, hormones or changes in the weather the majority of cases are treated very successfully with acupuncture.
Your headache is specific to you. It can often be difficult to discover the individual causes and triggers that contribute to them, but we want to help you find your way. At each patient’s initial exam we take a long health history to access each individual’s constitutional needs. (Though as with any severe condition we recommend you see your primary care physician to rule out any life threatening conditions). Often, we find an imbalance of the liver meridian combined with gallbladder disharmony, from excess stress and overwork. Migraine pain can also be from muscle tension and strain in the neck and upper shoulders. We will often do trigger point therapy to the muscles of the neckand upper back to get the muscles to release, which takes the pressure off of the occiput. The muscles pulling on the occiput can cause referral pattern pain to the temples, eyes, and side of the head.
These are a few patterns we tend to see in our patients with migraines, as there are many other possible diagnoses. Our job is to figure you out. We recommend that our migraine patients come in a couple weeks in a row for treatment. After consistent treatments things slowly get better. After 1-3 treatments people are usually 20-50% better. After 6-8 times you should be closer to 60-80% better. If we are not seeing any improvement, we will help you figure out what your next steps should be on your quest for health, but the good news is most people do get better here! If you have any questions feel free to give us a call and one of our practitioners will get back to you.