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How to Get Rid of a Headache

Studies show that more people complain about headaches than any other medical ailment. There are approximately 45 million Americans complaining of headaches each year! That’s about one in every six people who complain about TENSION headaches, MIGRAINE headaches and CLUSTER headaches. In actuality 157 million work hours are missed EACH YEAR due to migraine headaches alone. This is how to get rid of a headache:

ACUPUNCTURE:

Acupuncture helps reduce the stress and muscle tension that can trigger headaches, while the needles also stimulate the nerves to release hormones, such as ENDORPHINS, that trigger a CALMING response in our body.

The most common type of headache is the TENSION HEADACHE. It is estimated that 80% to 90% of the population suffer from tension headaches at least some time in their lives, so reducing STRESS is a key component to feeling better!

A study was made of patients suffering with chronic headaches, who were given 12 sessions of acupuncture over 3 months. After one year of observation, this resulted in:

  • 34% fewer headache days 

  • 15% less medication 

  • 15% fewer days off work 

  • 25% fewer doctor visits

We support the treatment of headaches that are both primary or secondary. 

Primary headaches are not associated with other diseases, these can be migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches, and can cause unpleasant side effects such as;

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Photophobia

  • Dizziness/ vertigo

  • Tenderness of the scalp. 

Secondary headaches are caused by other ailments and diseases such as;

  • Addiction withdrawals

  • Sinus infections

  • Pregnancy 

  • Brain tumors/ Strokes

  • Vasculitis

We can support the treatment of these diseases or the side effects causing the headaches.

NUTRITION:

“You are what you eat!”

We’ve all heard this phrase before, but it actually has scientific implications, because your body constantly renews its cells and uses your nutrition as its building blocks!

Many foods contain chemicals that can trigger migraines and other types of headaches. Some foods to watch out for are 

  • Foods that are high in Nitrates

  • Foods which may contain monosodium glutamate, a.k.a. MSG

  • Foods sweetened with aspartame or sucralose. 

There are many other components, even natural ones, that can be found in your food and can trigger your headaches. Our nutritionists will look through your daily meals and help you find the nutrient filled foods that are right for your body, while protecting you from headaches.

MEDICAL MASSAGE:

Both tension headaches and migraines have been effectively treated by massage therapy. Not only can massage help relieve headache pain, but it can also help to prevent headaches from occurring. Massages can;

  • Relieve muscle spasms and tension

  • Loosen chronically tight muscles and taught bands of tissue.

  • Increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE:

Western medicine focuses on pain management by prescribing painkillers. Many sufferers of chronic headaches increase their susceptibility to headaches by over-medicating, which can lead to rebound headaches, as well as other side effects from the medication.  

A person may find that something like Aleve, Advil, aspirin, or Tylenol may effectively reduce headache pain, which can lead to more frequent use, which may then cause more frequent headaches.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a safe and natural way to remedy headaches, and aims not only to relieve the pain but also to deal with the root problem. Therefore, headaches are treated differently depending on their causes: 

  • Wind: Wind invasion can disturb the harmony of Qi (the body’s essential energy) and Blood causing headaches (e.g., as experienced during common cold) 

  • Excessive Liver Yang energy (i.e. hot energy): headaches are accompanied by dizziness, bitter taste in mouth, anxiety and short temperedness (e.g. in high blood pressure) 

  • Deficiency of Blood and Qi: slow onset of headaches accompanied by heaviness of head and eyes, tiredness or exhaustion and pale complexion.

  • Blood stagnation: headaches can be sharp and often have fixed locations; patients often complain of loss of memory and concentration, palpitations; some may have a history of head injury.

STOP SUFFERING. Contact us and let’s get rid of your pain so you can FOCUS on more important things, and reach your TRUE POTENTIAL!

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