Acupuncture for Headaches in Fort Meade, MD
Headaches are among the most common forms of pain—affecting just about everyone at some point in their lives.
Whatever the cause or type of headache, you are the victim of unneeded pain when headaches take their course. When lifestyle change doesn’t resolve your symptoms, medication may be prescribed; however, these options have their limitations as well as their own more serious issues, such as opening the door to pill dependence or, worse, damage to your body due to subjecting it to foreign chemicals.
There is, however, a more natural approach to treating your headaches: acupuncture.
How Does Acupuncture Help Headaches?
Headaches can occur due to chemical activity in your brain, or they can be the result of your blood vessels being constricted and minimizing circulation to the brain or the muscles of your head and neck.
Acupuncture, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular points and then manually and electrically stimulated, helps increase blood flow in the body, which can counteract the lack of circulation you are getting. Depending upon the area of your head that you are experiencing pain, an acupuncturist will decide where best it is to insert the needles to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation.
Studies have shown acupuncture, in some cases, more effective than traditional medications for pain relief. Some studies have also indicated acupuncture’s ability to prevent migraines from occurring. It has quickly become one of the most popular and effective forms of alternative medicine offered in the U.S.
There is an acupuncture specialist in your area. For more information about acupuncture in Fort Meade, call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
What Can I Expect?
Your initial consultation will likely consist of a physical exam. Because the location of your pain will determine where the acupuncture points, this will include assessing the location and severity of your pain. This in conjunction with your medical history will be used when assessing your needs and when deciding on a treatment plan.
You will be asked to lie down, either face-up or on your side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. Once the needles are inserted, they will remain there for about 20 minutes, during which they may be stimulated with electricity. Acupuncture sessions typically last 30 minutes, and relief isn’t immediate. Most treatment plans consist of 12 sessions.
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
- It's safe
- It's effective
- It has few side effects
- It's a good alternative for those who don't respond to pain medications
- It's a good alternative for those who don't want to take pain medications
What Are the Risks of Acupuncture?
Fortunately, acupuncture offers safe and effective pain relief with virtually no side effects. However, as with any treatment plan, there are some risks, such as the possibility for bleeding, bruising or soreness at the sites of acupuncture needle insertion. Because the nature of an acupuncture session involves the insertion of needles into the body, it’s important that patients research and find a reputable clinic with a licensed acupuncturist.
Not everyone is the right candidate for acupuncture. Your healthcare provider will determine whether it’s the right treatment option for you.
Acupuncture provides a unique and natural alternative treatment for your often debilitating headache pain. If you find that you’re experiencing pain that traditional medications won’t resolve, request more information about acupuncture for your headaches today. Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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