There are many origins for headaches and it is one of the most common complaints treated with acupuncture. During your visit, the acupuncturist will ask you where you feel the headache and how frequently you have them. Depending on the location and how often you have a headache will determine how they are treated. If you are getting headaches quite often the acupuncturist will go over the cause of the headache for example sinus issues, head injury, neck or jaw pain, stress or tension headaches, or migraines. Less talked about causes of headaches can include change in barometric pressure, food allergies, drug side effects, alcohol, skipping meals, lack of sleep, dental problems, or extended periods of screen time. For example, if the headache is located in the back of the head or next to the eye, the acupuncture points would be on the bladder meridians. If the headache was located on the side of the head, the acupuncturist would focus on the gall bladder meridian.
To support headache prevention, aim to stay hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces per day. Another area to maintain balance is to get enough sleep! Another remedy to try at home is to place pressure on the back of your head with the tips of your fingers while moving your head up and down and side to side. Doing this for at least thirty seconds combined with neck rolls will help relieve the discomfort of a headache. Other strategies to alleviate headaches would be stress reducing activities such as meditation and mindfulness, acupuncture, exercise, or a hobby such as knitting or crochet. Keeping the body properly fueled by eating regularly while reducing the consumption of alcohol will also alleviate the frequency of headaches.
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