Acupuncture could be your alternative for headache pain

By on August 24, 2016


The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 50 percent of all adults in the United States have suffered from a headache disorder within the past year. Many people experience headaches only occasionally, but for some they can be frequent, or even chronic.

While some headaches may be indicative of further serious medical illness, most headaches fall into one of three common categories — migraine, tension and cluster headaches.

Headaches 101
Migraine headaches are generally associated with one-sided throbbing, commonly including nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light, and they typically worsen with activity. Migraines can last between four hours and three days and can be accompanied by aura or changes in vision.

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Tension headaches are the most common form of headache disorder. Many people experience tension headaches as a result of tight neck and scalp muscles, possibly in response to stress. They are experienced as a dull pressure, commonly around the temples or the back of the neck.

Cluster headaches occur in groups, or cycles. They are generally characterized by focused pain on one side of the head and sinus congestion on the same side of the face.

How can acupuncture help?
Whether you suffer from chronic tension headaches, severe migraines or occasional headaches, acupuncture can help reduce the frequency and severity of headache disorders. Unlike some forms of traditional Western medicine, acupuncture has virtually no side effects.

Acupuncture can help balance your autonomic nervous system, relax the body and decrease pain sensation. When your body is stressed for prolonged periods of time — due to any number of things, including physical injury, personal stress or traumatic incident — it tends to hyper-activate your sympathetic nervous system. This can cause neck and upper back stiffness or muscle tension, and, commonly, headaches. Reducing the tension is an integral part of preventing and reducing many types of headaches, especially migraines.

Acupuncture is only one part of the puzzle
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be greatly helpful in reducing headache pain and frequency; however, if you are suffering from persistent headaches, there are some other important lifestyle changes you may want to consider.

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Make sure you’re getting enough sleep (seven to eight hours a night for most adults)
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Stay energized and active to avoid mental and physical fatigue
Eliminate processed foods and others that can trigger migraines (e.g., dairy, sugar, spices, gluten, etc.)

For more information about how acupuncture can help alleviate headache pain, please contact us for an appointment at 252-916-1709.

Dealing with chronic pain can leave you feeling exhausted and depressed. Although pain medication can help, over-the-counter and prescription drugs may not relieve the pain completely and may cause unpleasant side effects, such as dizziness and nausea. Acupuncture offers a natural way to reduce pain without any side effects.

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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy that has been used to treat pain for thousands of years. The first practitioners believed that Qi (chi), an essential life energy, runs through the body. If the energy becomes blocked, pain and other symptoms occur.

Inserting tiny needles into the parts of the body that correspond to the blockages frees the Qi, restores balance to your body, and relieves pain.

Balanced Meridian
 Dr. Michael Brone opened his acupuncture practice in Kitty Hawk in the spring of 2016 after practicing in Greenville, N.C. for 25 years, 15 as a chiropractor and 10 as an acupuncturist. He left chiropractic after an injury forced him to discontinue his practice. He sought relief himself for chronic neck and arm pain from acupuncture after traditional treatment did not work to alleviate the pain. He finally found a treatment that worked.

In his practice he has taken a modern approach to the ancient art by adding electronic meridian imaging. This painless computerized process allows both the doctor and patient to view on a graph the imbalances of the meridians.

Since that time Dr. Brone has administered thousands of treatments for various conditions with much success. He found acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases that cause chronic pain, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Menstrual pain and other gynecological issues
  • Pain from scar tissue and adhesions
  • Colitis
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Menopause
  • Chronic constipation
  • Eye conditions
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach disorders
  • Shoulder, neck and back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heartburn

Does acupuncture really help chronic pain?
The World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health recognize acupuncture for treating a wide range of conditions. There are many studies that show participants who receive acupuncture reported less pain.

Dr. Brone’s philosophy is to give his patients a trial of care to see if they will respond to treatment. Many times patients know within 3 to 5 treatments if acupuncture is helping . Patients must realize though that the longer a condition has been going on, the longer it takes to bring under control.

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