Tension headaches in particular may prompt visits to the chiropractor or acupuncturist as these can occur from contracted and tense muscles in the neck and back. Anytime the spinal bones are misaligned or compromised in some way, headaches can occur due to nerve or tissue pressure.
Problems with the spine, including the neck and back areas are often missed and don't receive examination. They can cause quite painful headaches and head pain may become chronic.
Headache pain may then be covered up for years through the use of over-the-counter medications. These medications treat the symptoms rather than the cause and also can result in medication overuse and rebound headaches. Therefore, seeing an acupuncturist for diagnosis and treatment can be helpful.
Headaches are one of the most common presenting complaints to an Acupuncture Clinic.Migraines, Tension headaches and Cervicogenic headaches all have quite seperate symptoms and causes.
Each of these types of headache often respond well to acupuncture.
A cervicogenic headache is caused by the cervical spine (the neck) and can occur from a lack of mobility in the upper cervical area. Acupuncture is thought to be very helpful for this type of headache because it can correct the source directly.
It is also suggested as a helpful treatment for other types of headaches such as common tension ones, because they may share the same cervical element.
Tension headaches in particular can possibly benefit from acupuncture as this can relax and stretch tense neck muscles and joints.
Migraines are severely painful, recurrent headaches that are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms such as visual disturbances (aura) or nausea. There are two types of migraine – migraine with aura (formerly called common migraines) and migraine without aura (formerly called classic migraines).Although there is no cure for migraines, you can manage the condition by reducing the frequency of attacks and lessening pain once an attack starts.
Beacause migraine headaches are so complicated and disabling we have given them their own seperate page on the website.