Acupunture Stamford

Migraine Awareness Week

If you are the 1 in every 7 adults who suffers with migraines and headaches, Then Acupuncture could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Migraine is more than just a headache; the symptoms are caused by misunderstood electrical changes in brain activity that result in a variety of symptoms. A strong throbbing pain is usually located on one side of the head and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting. Visual disturbances such as bright lights, sensitivity to light or blurred vision can precede the actual headache – these symptoms are known as migraine aura. There may also be pins and needles or tingling sensations in certain parts of the body, changes in appetite or sudden thirst. Taking painkillers can relieve some of the pain and some sufferers find resting in a darkened room helps.

A lot of women experience an increase in migraines and headaches around the time of their monthly cycle. This is linked to the complex hormonal changes occurring at this time: progesterone levels are relatively higher than oestrogen just before the period but both hormones tend to drop once menstruation starts.

Acupuncture can bring relief to a migraine in progress and also help reduce the frequency of attacks. It does so by; Stimulating nerves to release endorphins and other natural chemicals that ease pain and alter pain processing in the brain. Reducing inflammation in blood vessels, muscles and other tissues. Modulating blood flow in the brain. Modulating levels of serotonin in the brain: this neurotransmitter has been linked with the onset of migraines.