38 million Americans deal with migraines. They are painful and disrupt your daily life, but you can find relief with acupuncture. The ancient medical practice involves stimulating various acupuncture points in the body. It is effective in alleviating all types of headaches including migraines, without using drugs. Below is a brief guide to the process and what to expect at your appointment.
How Acupuncture Treats Migraines
Acupuncture treats migraines in several different ways. The Licensed Acupuncturist will stimulate specific acupuncture points tailored to you in particular. It removes blockages of energy allowing for more free flow. In addition, the treatment helps the brain to release natural painkillers such as endorphins and enkephalins. Acupuncture can help many women who experience migraines due to an imbalance in their hormone levels related to their menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture also helps alleviate migraines by reducing tension in the body. The acupuncturist will check your neck and shoulders, and use other distal acupuncture points. The treatment will improve blood flow to those areas and relax the muscles in and around the head and neck.
The time-tested system of medicine also regulates the nervous system, which regulates the heart rate and alleviates stress. When you feel less stressed or anxious, you are less likely to experience headaches.
What to Expect at Your First Treatment
During the first appointment with an acupuncturist, they will ask you questions about your condition, such as when the headaches started, how often they occur, what type of pain you experience and where you feel the pain. The information and a brief examination helps them determine a treatment plan designed for you to experience relief. The treatments are very comfortable and many people fall asleep during the session. It is common for a new patient to comment about how much better and relaxed they feel, even after just one or two visits.
If you are dealing with the discomfort of migraines, turn to Cindy E. Levitz, Licensed Acupuncturist, PLLC, serving all of NYC, including Flatiron, Chelsea, Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, and Midtown South, NY. She has been practicing as a Licensed Acupuncturist since 1996 and tailors her approach to improve your specific condition. In addition to offering acupuncture for headaches and migraines, she treats all types of pain such as neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, and other health issues. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 924-8034 today, or visit the website for more information about how she can help you.