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Acupuncture Reduces Frequency of Tension Headaches

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

An inconveniently timed headache can bring your day to a grinding halt. The most common kind of headache is called a tension headache and is caused by muscle contraction. 70% of the population experience tension headaches regularly. Acupuncture reduces the frequency of these headaches as well as relieve their symptoms.

What is A Tension Headache?

A tension headache is characterized by:

  • dull, aching pain behind the eyes

  • feelings of pressure/tightness across the forehead, behind the eyes, and on the sides and back of the head (often described as an "iron band" or a "vise-like" feeling)

  • tenderness/tightness in the neck and shoulders

These headaches can be episodic--usually occurring 2-3 times a month for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 weeks--or chronic--lasting more than 15 days a month for 3 months or more.

Tension headaches are usually brought on and made worse by:

  • stress

  • eye strain

  • cold temperatures

  • alcohol

  • smoking

  • fatigue

  • cold/flu/sinus infection

  • bad posture

  • caffeine

Acupuncture for Tension Headaches

Acupuncture triggers your nervous system and releases endorphins, your body's natural painkillers, to reduce the pain that accompanies a tension headache. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture relieves stress and your body's response to it.

Acupuncture also increases circulation to the affected areas in your head and neck. By improving blood flow, it helps relax the muscles that have contracted and reduces any inflammation contributing to the issue. In one study, acupuncture alone reduced the frequency of tension headaches by 50% and lowered the overall levels of pain experienced during headaches.

Chinese herbal medicine can be added to help decrease anxiety, stress, and pain. When properly prescribed by a licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, herbs and acupuncture can stop tension and pain before they have a chance to start.

Let us stop your tension headaches today! Call us at (321) 972-2940 to schedule your initial health consultation.


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