A headache is a pain, either acute or dull, anywhere in the head or neck area. Because headache is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days.
A “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine, acupuncture is quickly helpful. We always look to the underlying causes as well, and thereby help to prevent any future occurrences.
The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache…) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there. Yippee. Next time you have a tension headache, come in and I will show you how true it is.
Give us an old fashioned call!