giving a TEDx Talk on the importance of good
self-care habits for managing tension headaches.
While tension headaches aren’t as severe as their more intense cousin, the migraine headache, they do occur with greater frequency, and can have a debilitating effect on the quality of life for some patients if left untreated. Tension headaches are generally caused by a tightening of the muscles around the upper back, neck, and head; oftentimes the sensation is described as a constriction around the skull, like being caught in a vise. These symptoms can last for as little as half an hour, or can persist for days at a time .
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and are often caused by stress. While pain relievers such as aspirin can be a sort-term solution, for those who suffer chronic tension headaches, acupuncture may have a more lasting effect.
How does acupuncture get relief from headaches?
Acupuncture works on a number of levels to help treat the symptoms of tension headaches, the most apparent of which would be relaxation of the muscles. Acupuncture involves needling of specific sites in the body, including Acupoints and myofascial trigger points (TrP’s), that produce nerve impulses that release tension in the muscle groups. Additionally, acupuncture also stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter Serotonin and Endorphins in the body, which contribute to pain relief and are a huge factor in managing stress.