Acupuncture Treatment for Headaches & Migraine – Minneapolis St. Paul, MN

Almost everyone has suffered from headaches. Many times, those headaches are short-lived and end soon, or can be effectively treated with simple over-the-counter medications. However, many people suffer from recurring headaches or headaches that are extremely painful. Such headaches can dramatically interfere with daily life, and can even be disabling. When headaches are so severe or frequent that they cause people to seek medical attention, western medicine usually results in prescriptions for more powerful pain relievers, with the resulting side effects.

I am fifteen years old. I went to see Amy for migraines. I had a headache my first visit. By the time I left the office, my headache was gone. It came back later that night but I haven’t had one since. – Laura, Maple Grove, MN

For many headache sufferers, acupuncture can often provide relief without the use of pharmaceutical medications. In other cases, acupuncture can reduce the amount of pain medication required by patients. Licensed acupuncturists, like Amy Nystrom, L.Ac., can often treat headache symptoms and reduce the severity and frequency of headaches or eliminate them altogether. Using acupuncture and related treatment methods, along with natural Chinese herbal medicine, many patients report a dramatic reduction or elimination of symptoms. Some of the types of headaches often treated with acupuncture include:

  • Tension Headaches – The most common type of headache, tension headaches are thought to be caused by muscles in the neck, scalp, and face. Acupuncture can effectively treat this type of headache by encouraging the free flow of Qi and reducing the muscle tensions that are thought to be the cause of tension headaches.
  • Migraine Headaches – Often disabling, migraine sufferers often have to resort to lying in a silent, dark room. Nausea and vomiting often accompany these extremely painful headaches. The drugs commonly used for these headaches can have serious side effects and some cannot take these drugs at all, due to other medical conditions. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine, has helped many people reduce the number of migraine headaches and the severity of those headaches and can sometimes eliminate them altogether.
  • Cluster Headaches – Possibly related to migraine headaches, these excruciating headaches mainly occur in men, and are sometimes called "suicide headaches." The headaches usually occur at the same times each day, and affect just one side of the face or head, and may recur several times daily for a period that can last for months, then disappear for months or years. During the headaches, which can last as long as an hour or days the pain is excruciating and maddening. Difficult to treat and poorly understood by many physicians, cluster headaches may be helped with acupuncture. Often the number of headaches and their severity may be decreased dramatically, and the length of the cluster may be reduced.
  • Sinus Headaches – Acupuncture is effective in treating sinus headaches and the pressure and inflammation that leads to them. A combination of treatment modalities is often used to relieve such headaches.
  • Headaches from Neck Problems – Some headaches are caused by spinal and muscle problems in the neck. When acupuncture is used, the underlying problems that cause the headaches are also treated.

With Headaches, Evaluation is Important

Since some headache pain may be a symptom of serious illness that needs prompt medical attention, any exceptionally severe or uncharacteristic headache should be evaluated by a physician. Once headaches are diagnosed, however, acupuncture can be a highly effective way to treat many types of headache pain. Most patients report significant improvements or complete relief from their headache pain after evaluation and treatment with acupuncture, and many physicians refer their patients for such treatment with licensed acupuncture practitioners like Amy Nystrom, L.Ac.

Amy Nystrom, L.Ac. – Acupuncture and Other Headache Treatments

Headaches are a frequent condition Amy Nystrom sees in her practice. Using acupuncture alone, or combining acupuncture with other treatment methods, she has helped many people reduce or eliminate their problems with headache pain. Her careful evaluation and long experience helps her to provide a personalized treatment program for your particular needs. If your headache symptoms indicate it, she will refer you to a physician for diagnosis before beginning any treatment. Contact Amy Nystrom soon if you suffer from headache pain. She will be glad to evaluate you and suggest an appropriate treatment plan.