Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

Acupuncture is a beneficial treatment for many forms of headache, including migraines. Whatever the cause of the migraine, acupuncture can help. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay has helped many headache and migraine sufferers get back to enjoy life without the pain and stress of migraines and headaches. A licensed acupuncturist in the Triangle since 1995, she enjoys helping patients reduce pain naturally, without drugs or surgery wherever possible. Acupuncture, massage, and specific joint mobilization help where other treatments may not achieve the desired results.

What is a Migraine?

A headache is defined as a painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, that may occur with other symptoms. A migraine is a particular type of headache with varying intensity levels, often accompanied by an aura such as nausea or light and sound sensitivity. Many people who experience migraine headaches recognize specific triggers to migraine attacks; hormonal changes, exercise, certain foods, and drinks are common triggers. Sufferers typically self-diagnose; lab tests or imaging are rarely required. Dr. Oskardmay reviews pertinent information with each patient and performs a detailed physical exam to understand unique individual concerns and provide individualized care.

Migraine sufferers may report pain and muscle tightness from the neck to the head or tightness in the sides of the head. Using gentle palpation and massage, Dr. Oskardmay helps to reduce muscle imbalance, trigger points, and other areas of muscle spasm that contribute to migraine headaches. Some patients find that sitting in front of a computer or using a handheld device contributes to migraine symptoms; contributory postural issues affect the nerve, blood, and qi flow, affecting neck pain, eye strain, and other symptoms. Using acupuncture along stagnant meridians, she helps unblock regions of energy constriction. For patients interested in chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Lisa is also a licensed chiropractic physician and can gently and safely employ chiropractic adjustments as needed to improve vertebral alignment.

All of the energetic meridians or channels recognized in Chinese Medicine influence the head and neck region; point selection to treat the metal channel lung yin and large intestine yang influences the front of the neck region, while the earth meridian influences the mouth and outer clavicle. Fire and wood meridians apply to the sides of the neck and face, and the water channel primarily impacts the back of the neck and head. Location of the pain and other factors such as time of day migraine occurs, associated auras, or causative factors such as scents or flavors influencing the pain all influence the treatment an acupuncturist like Dr. Oskardmay uses.

Migraine treatment at Acupractic Natural Healing Center is beneficial and can help keep migraine pain to a minimum. Call today at (919) 929-1400 to make an appointment or visit us online 24 hours a day to schedule.

Serving the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and the rest of the NC Triangle

205 Providence Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514 | Phone: (919) 929-1400

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