Migraines- What are they?

Migraines cause severe head pain that may be accompanied by a myriad of other symptoms that can be disabling. Migraine symptoms may include the following:        Vomiting        Nausea        Tingling and tingling        Sensitivity to sound        Sensitivity to light        Difficulty speaking Migraines often are found to run in families and recent medical studies have identified certain genetic mechanisms. Migraines are suffered by individuals of all ages and are often not identified in young children. The length of a migraine attack can vary widely from person to person. Most migraines will last for at least four to five hours. If you are having a migraine attack that lasts for more than three days, you should visit your local emergency room. Migraines and the Phases Migraine attacks will typically follow four stages. A person can have a migraine that will skip one or more of the phases and each person is different. Suffering from a migraine that does not begin with a headache is possible and these types are known as acephalgic migraines. It is important to remember that migraine headaches can vary widely from person to person. Migraine and Headache There is a big difference between a headache and a migraine. A migraine attack can cause debilitating neurological symptoms. The head pain with a migraine is a throbbing feeling and is usually felt on one side of the head. The symptoms most commonly experienced are nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms that accompany migraines can vary from attack to attack. Different Types of Migraines Migraines are not a one-size-fits-all and can be triggered by different factors. Here are the different types of migraines.        Migraine without aura        Migraine with aura        Menstrual migraine (hormonal)        Hemiplegic migraine        Basilar migraine        Retinal migraine What [...]

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Migraine Relief: Pins and Needles to Ease the Pain

According to Migraine.com, more than 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines, and almost 5 million experience at least one migraine attack per month. If you're familiar with these chronic headaches and the various symptoms that arise from them, then we have the treatment for you. In a 2004 study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found that compared with standard medical care, acupuncture offers substantial benefits in preventing headaches and improving the quality of life for people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines. The study consisted of 401 adults aged 18-65 years old with chronic headache (at least two headaches a month) randomly divided into two treatment groups. Participants had a history of having mostly migraine headaches. One group received up to 12 acupuncture sessions during a three-month period in addition to standard medical care, and the other group received standard care alone. A year later, researchers found those who received acupuncture: Experienced 22 fewer days with headaches Used 15% less medication Made 25% fewer visits to their doctor Took 15% fewer days off sick from work than the control group So how exactly can a few pins and needles help ease the pain? In a standard migraine acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist, after making a diagnosis as to what exact type of internal imbalance is causing your migraine, inserts thin needles into the corresponding acupoints that help rid your body of obstructions. This not only allows your qi, or life energy, to flow freely through your body, but it also increases blood flow to your brain, replacing pain and discomfort with relief and relaxation. Additionally, it is believed that Acupuncture stimulates muscles and releases the body’s natural pain killers called endorphins. Acupuncture may [...]

By |2016-11-01T16:21:55-06:00July 16th, 2013|Categories: Acupuncture, Massage|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Migraine Relief: Pins and Needles to Ease the Pain