A headache or migraine may stem from postural imbalances or from your physical or emotional state. When a headache becomes reoccurring and persistent, interfering with your normal everyday functioning it suggests an imbalance and an intervention is recommended to help enhance your quality of life.
Headaches may be due to myofascial lesions in the soft tissues of the neck or upper back. This may alter the muscular formation resulting in sensations of tight knots or taut painful bands of muscle. When these lesions are pressed they may refer to different parts of the head commonly referred to as “trigger points” which are commonly seen in people who suffer from frequent headaches (2).
Some Causes of Headaches or Migraines
Acupuncture for migraine and tension type headache was recommended in 2012 by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (4, 7). High quality randomized controlled trials and two systematic reviews including a Cochrane Library systematic review confirmed the following:
The most recent Cochrane Library systematic review confirmed that Acupuncture is effective for frequent episodic and chronic tension-type headaches (4). It was also concluded that the addition of Acupuncture to symptomatic episodes helps reduce the frequency of headaches and may be at least effective as prophylactic drugs (1). Acupuncture is recognised as having a potentially important role as part of a treatment plan for migraine, tension-type headache and several different types of chronic headache disorders (3, 4).
Your Acupuncturist at Vyne Health will do a thorough health screen to help understand your current and previous health history and lifestyle and dietary habits. This will help develop a treatment plan tailored to you and the location, severity and frequency of your headaches or migraines.