Headache (cephalgia) is pain located in the the head or neck region. Headaches are not felt in brain tissue which is not sensitive to pain because there are no pain receptors in brain tissue. The pain is caused by pain-sensitive structures around the brain
Facts about Headaches
Within the head and neck there are pain-sensitive structures that can be divided into two different categories: Inside the Cranium and Outside the Cranium.Outside the Cranium headaches can effect the Periosteum of Skull, Muscles, Nerves, Artieries & Veins, Subcutaneous Tissue, Eyes, Sinuses, and Mucous Membranes.Inside the Cranium headaches can effect Blood Vessels, Meninges, and Cranial Nerves
Types of Headaches
- Migraines Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- Cluster Headaches
- Post-Traumatic Headache
Acupuncture Treats Headaches
Headaches are a symptom of different conditions. Acupuncture treatment for Headaches is very effective. Since headaches can be effecting many different structures within the head and neck area, in different ways, we have to find out where the headache is and how it effects that part of the neck or head. We then can figure what kind of headache a patient has then diagnose the proper treatment plan: specific Acupuncture points and Chinese Herbal Formulas.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
In Western Medicine currently available is aspirin based (tylonel, excedrine,) plus stronger pharmaceuticals. Aspirin has digestive side effects for prolonged use. Stronger pharmaceuticals also will effect the digestion adversly with prolonged use. They may eliminate the current symptoms, but can also pass on new issues.
In Acupuncture Treatment there are no side effects from prolonged treatment in severe conditions. Acupuncture treatment for acupuncture seeks to harmonize our Internal systems to provide long term relief. If headaches are chronic, change of lifestyle may be recommended (diet, exercise, time off, sleep habbits, etc.)