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.
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:
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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:
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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 massagefinder.com and acufinder.com, but we at Paradise Point Spa of Wilmette, IL humbly put ourselves forward as your 1 st option.
Whether you have or not chances are you’re going to love your experience at Paradise Point Spa.
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Towayn (twain) Heaven, L.Ac., LMT
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