A Proactive Treatment for Migraines
At first, the symptoms might seem trivial. There is a slight throbbing sensation within the temples and an increased sensitivity to light and sound. While these might seem to be an early onset of a standard headache, those who suffer from migraines know that they are indicative of something far more sinister.
Although a severe headache has become synonymous with migraines, researchers have come theorize that migraines are more of a neurological condition involving brain chemicals and nerve pathways. Genetics also seem to play role in who becomes a true migraine sufferer, however, many other factors can increase one’s susceptibility – a person’s environment, pervasively high-stress levels, and poor health habits being near the top of the list.
The Migraine Research Foundation states that migraines affect nearly 40 million people in the United States and 1 billion worldwide. Most people continue to live with the condition undiagnosed and medicate using over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. It is true that some medications may help, but this becomes a cyclic reactionary response rather than a solution for managing the condition itself.
In recent years, JAMA Internal Medicine published findings that acupuncture may be a very beneficial treatment in not only managing the frequency and severity of migraine flare-ups but may also be successful in preventing them from happening altogether.
As additional research is ongoing regarding the effect acupuncture has on the reduction or elimination of flare-ups, it is important to note that those who experienced relief received multiple treatments over a period of several weeks. It is also necessary to continue receiving regular treatments after the desired result has been reached to ensure any potential for relapse is abated.
If you believe that you may be a migraine sufferer, it is important to consult your physician to receive a proper diagnosis. The will likely incur a round of standard medical tests to confirm what you are experiencing is not associated with another, potentially more severe underlying health condition.
Once you have been cleared of any potential health concerns, discuss your treatment options. If pursuing acupuncture seems like a good fit for you, feel free to schedule a free consultation to learn how treatment may help to provide you with relief and an overall better quality of life.