Cairnhill Physiotherapy has been providing acupuncture therapy to Aucklanders for 50 years to treat pain, muscle tightness, swelling and more. Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into specific areas of the body to stimulate underlying nerves and release chemicals.
If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. Migraines are severe headaches that can significantly impair an individual during their presence. While there are traditional treatments that claim to be effective, acupuncture therapy has gained popularity for its effectiveness in treating migraines. In this guide, we will explore whether acupuncture can indeed treat migraines and understand the mechanisms behind its potential benefits.
Migraines are characterised as severe headaches, often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. The exact causes of migraines are not yet fully understood, but factors such as genetics, hormonal changes and triggers like stress, certain foods, or environmental factors are believed to play a role.
Used as part of a holistic approach at Cairnhill Physiotherapy, acupuncture can be used as a treatment for patients who suffer from a range of conditions and injuries; including muscle and ligament sprains and tears, neck pain, sciatica and headaches. Our physiotherapists use the treatment to reduce both the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating migraines is thought to be attributed to multiple mechanisms. The stimulation of acupuncture points may trigger the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters, which can alleviate pain and promote relaxation. Additionally, acupuncture may modulate the activity of the central nervous system, reducing the activity associated with migraines.
Acupuncture offers a non-pharmaceutical alternative for those seeking to manage migraines. If migraines are new to you or you have tried alternative treatments that have been ineffective, considering acupuncture as a treatment option. The release of chemicals helps change or suppress pain and can trigger other chemicals in the body to help promote natural healing. To find out more, get in touch with our team of professional physiotherapists today and book an appointment. Acupuncture could be the treatment you’ve been looking for.