How to significantly reduce chronic headaches naturally

Life gets busy and headaches happen! The question is how do you get out of, or at least minimize, the miserable pain?!

I’m glad you asked, because research points to both massage therapy and acupuncture as safe and effective options for

treating and preventing chronic headaches.

Acupuncture for Migraines

As all migraine sufferers know, this type of headache is one of the worst because it can be so intense and so debilitating!

It’s different from a regular tension headache because it involves irregular nerve activity that causes excessive expansion or

contraction of brain blood vessels leading to pain and inflammation. Fortunately, acupuncture has been shown to strongly

stimulate the release of the body’s own powerful anti-inflammatory and natural pain killers like cytokines, dopamine, and

endorphins. Even in life threatening conditions like sepsis with killer amounts of inflammation researchers from the

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School have found acupuncture to be potentially very helpful.

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As for chronic headaches and migraines, a 2004 study published in the British Medical Journal found that compared with

standard medical care alone, acupuncture offers substantial benefits in preventing headaches and improving the quality of life

for people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines.

In the study there were 2 groups: an acupuncture group and a standard medical care group.

The participants in the acupuncture group received 12 sessions over 3 months and there was a one-year follow-up in both groups:

A year later, researchers found those who received acupuncture:

  • Experienced 22 fewer days with headaches
  • Used 15% less medication
  • Made 25% fewer visits to their doctor
  • Took 15% fewer days off sick from work than the control group

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Massage for Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are by far the most common type of headache (accounting for about 90% of all headaches). They are caused by

muscular stiffness of the head, neck, and shoulders, poor posture, continual or intense emotional/mental stress, TMJ disorder, or even

eye strain.

Massage is an age-old remedy for muscle tension and can therefore take pressure off the nerves and blood vessels of the head by helping

to release tight muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders. Furthermore, massage is a great way to just relax! It helps to kick in gear the body’s

parasympathetic nerve response and so help reduce anxiety and depression…in other words it can get you to lighten up and brighten up!

Furthermore, studies have shown that regular massage for treating tension headaches can:

  • Reduce intensity of pain
  • Reduce pain duration and frequency
  • Improve range of motion of the neck

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Chronic pain is not something that happens overnight nor is it something that disappears overnight. Good management of chronic pain

like a polished precious stone will be multifaceted: along with acupuncture or massage it may involve making changes to your lifestyle like

diet, posture, and making time for constructive relaxation. Having said that, keep in mind that acupuncture can help with migraines by

reducing inflammation and massage can help tension headaches by reducing muscle tension. There are many skilled licensed massage

therapists (LMT) (look for ones who do clinical massage, deep tissue, or trigger point release) and licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) out there

that you can find using directories like and, but we at Paradise Point Spa of Wilmette, IL humbly

put ourselves forward as your 1 st option.

Have you ever had a professional massage or acupuncture session before?

Whether you have or not chances are you’re going to love your experience at Paradise Point Spa.

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By, Towayn (twain) Heaven, L.Ac., LMT