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Headaches are a common complaint that may range from nagging tension headaches to debilitating migraines. Chinese Medicine sees these as symptoms of blockage in the flow of energy and blood through the system as a result of underlying imbalance.

Migraines are complex chronic conditions that can be associated with hormonal imbalance, diet, mental or physical trauma. Because migraines cross many biological and emotional systems, a holistic Chinese approach is effective.

Sinus Headaches are a part of sinus conditions such as infections, allergies, and chronic congestion. You will feel pressure and pain around the eyes and nose, accompanied by some difficulty breathing or excess phlegm.

Headaches with Neck Pain can have multiple causes including stress, posture, and sedentary lifestyles.

How I Treat Headaches

Throughout your treatment you can expect me to treat you with compassion and understanding.

We begin by identifying the headaches, the frequency and the duration.

I will then interview you to learn;

  • What were the circumstances at the time your pain began?
  • Which activities or dietary triggers make it worse or better?
  • What is the quality; sharp, burning, radiating, aching?
  • Are there brain fog or other associated symptoms?
  • What treatments have you tried? With what results?

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We then review your general habits and health conditions such as sleep, digestion, and lifestyle.

After the interview, I gather information essential to Chinese Medicine by checking your tongue and your pulse. You then lie on a table where I’ll palpate (press on) the area that is problematic as well as related channels. (Channels are pathways through which qi and blood move through the body.)

From this assessment, I will gain a picture of the imbalances in your body as well as the specific dynamics of your chief complaint. Based on my findings, I will draw on my decades of experience to choose points to insert the acupuncture needles. The needles are very thin and you can learn more about what to expect and how acupuncture works here.

Results: Reduced Pain

Generally, you can expect to feel some relief after one session but the results may not last without further treatments. The best results can be expected with an initial course of treatment of twice a week for two to three weeks.  At that time, we would evaluate whether you may need additional treatment.

The impact of acupuncture is often augmented by suggestions for body mechanics and self-care.

In addition to pain reduction and improved movement, you will find that acupuncture is very relaxing and can address issues such as anxiety and insomnia.