Live A Migraine Free Life with Acupuncture and Cupping

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Migraine Headaches | Meghan Markle is right, you can start living a migraine free life with acupuncture and cupping treatments.

Although it seems like painkiller is the only answer for migraines (and for some, it is true), there are less aggressive treatment options you can try. Not only can these treatments help take the edge off by making your life more bearable, it can help eliminate migraine altogether.s

Causes: 

  • Not fully understood. However studies believe genetics, stress, and environment are major factors. As well as diet, hormonal changes, serotonin drop (help regulate pain in nervous system).

Common migraine symptoms: 

  • Severe headache (throbbing and pulsating pain)

  • Blurred vision

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound

  • Vertigo, imbalance

  • Stiff neck

  • Severe: confusion and numbness

  • Often one side of the head/face

  • Last couple hours to a few days

Try:

  • Magnesium: MORE dark green veggies!

  • Diet Elimination

    • Diary

    • Cheese w/tyramine (Ex. cheddar, paramesan, swiss)

    • Chocolate

    • Alcohol and caffeinated beverages

  • Peppermint and lavender oil

    • Massage onto head or put in tea/water

  • Exercise:

    • Help reduce tensions and stress in body, release serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine

    • Remember to hydrate before, during and after work out

    • Eat protein filled snack 90 minutes prior to warm up

  • Yoga

    • Often times migraines are linked to postural pain

    • Ex. patient with desk based jobs will have an increase in neck tension leading to migraines

  • Sleep in a dark quiet rooms

  • Stay hydrates or eat your fluids

    • (Ex. watermelon, grapefruit, cantaloupe, zucchini)

  • Acupuncture and cupping

  • Herbs

Acupuncture can help with migraine frequency, severity, and associated symptoms. Treatments are catered to different type of migraines (ex. location, characteristics of pain, and accompanying signs and symptoms). Treatment will help promote blood flow, also stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphin; which altogether will help regulate your pain and mood. 

If you see neck, shoulder, and back stiffness with your migraines, acupuncture and cupping combo treatments can help with muscle tightness and spams. Cupping address pain rooted at the deep tissue level.