Can Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Help Tension Headaches?
At Village Remedies clinic in Balmain, Sydney, we use traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine to identify underlying causes and help relieve tension headaches. Almost everyone can say that they’ve had a headache at one time or another, but when they become a regular theme in your life, it can be a real drain, affecting your energy, mood and concentration.
Tension headaches are among the most common type of headache experienced. A tension headache is described as a mild to moderate pressing or tightening pain affecting both sides of the head. For it to be classified as chronic, it must be recurring for 3 months or more, and if occurring on 15 or more days of every month, then it is considered a chronic daily headache.
The underlying causes are not well understood, but there are common triggers for what may be exacerbating your headaches:
Excessive muscle contraction in the neck, shoulders and/or face
Eye strain - exposure to light, excessive reading, prolonged screen time
The typical approach to managing tension headaches is pain relief medication (such as aspirin) and lifestyle adjustment to involve more sleep, hydration and exercise, and less caffeine, stress and known headache triggers. For some this is enough, but for others they may struggle to get relief.
How Can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Help With Tension Headaches?
When we treat tension headaches at Village Remedies in Balmain, Sydney, we’re interested in treating you as a whole person and not just a sore head. Our goals are to figure out what might be driving your headaches from a Chinese medicine perspective, as well as how we can support your body’s natural ability to heal and recover so that your body can better look after you.
We often find there is a combination of chronic neck tension, combined with a sympathetic dominate nervous system state (also known as fight or flight state). We use traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine to help correct neck tension and encourage your body to more effectively switch into a parasympathetic rest, digest and recover state. Everyone is different, so we always take a full history and come up with an individualised plan to help you feel better.