Migraines can be a debilitating condition that can affect you for hours and sometimes, up to days leaving you in excruciating pain. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Migraines can be relieved with several acupuncture points in the skull, ears and face.
Although nothing can really be done in the midst of a migraine, this type of treatment is excellent for preventing future episodes. Keep in mind that a mere single treatment won’t eliminate migraines – this is a type of treatment that needs to be repeated over a period of time at least once a week. It also depends on what has caused your migraine. Things like a sudden change in air pressure, changes in hormone levels, diet, dehydration and stress can effect when you get your migraine and how severe it is.
If you find yourself getting a migraine, here are some things that you can do to alleviate the pain:
1) Apply a cold compress to your neck and forehead, with the application of hot compresses to your hands and feet, keeping your head above your heart – this brings your blood flow away from your head and into your extremities;
2) Apply pressure with your fingertips to your temples, earlobes, eyebrows and the vortex (the very top) of your skull – these are key acupuncture points
3) Of course, rest in a dark room with absolutely no light and complete silence.
I realize that the thought of putting needles in your skull, face and ears sounds a little creepy, but there are evidence-based medical journals that have been published to prove that this treatment works, and is more effective than taking harsh medications. Remember…..taking ANY type of medication is a bandaide solution; it’s not the answer.
Check out this study that was done in May, 2008:
If you suffer from periodic migraines, or even chronic headaches the important thing is to find out why your migraines and headaches are occuring. Speaking with a healthcare professional like your Massage Therapist or Chiropractor will help us narrow down what the root of the problem is. From there we can devise a treatment plan that is right for you.