Headaches & TMJD

Headaches & Migraines 

If you are someone who suffers from headaches or migraines, you understand how seriously they can impact your quality of life.

When a headache strikes, finding treatments that bring relief becomes a top priority, however for most painkillers or the prescribed preventative drugs do not provide relief, are not well tolerated, or produce unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture can help!

Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many kinds of headaches and migraines. Headaches can be caused by tension, hormonal changes, environmental, dietary, or emotional triggers, and some may not know what causes them. 

Acupuncture is able to address many of the common triggers by increasing the circulation of blood flow, releasing neurotransmitters and hormones, blocking pain signals, reducing stress, and relaxing tight muscles, to treat the root cause of your headaches.

Oftentimes migraines are seemingly uncontrollable and random, and acupuncture is able to prevent attacks when other methods of treatment cannot. Patients can come in both during acute episodes (if possible) or when they are asymptomatic, and can receive treatments in conjunction with other therapies, such as preventative medication.

Treatment Detail

I use acupuncture to help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines, but I will also work with you to figure out your potential triggers. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations can be huge in helping patients to minimize and eliminate episodes.

Treatment Frequency

Acupuncture is a process, not a procedure. We do not know how your body will respond until we try a few sessions. Almost everyone will need a series of treatments to get the best results. You should notice positive changes in your body within the first five appointments; however, a typical course of treatment is one or two times a week for 5 to 10 weeks.

Chinese Medicine can help with the following types of headaches:

Jaw Pain and TMJD

For many people experiencing pain and dysfunction in their Temporomandibular joint and the muscles that control jaw movement, a condition commonly called “TMJ”, acupuncture can be one of the most effective drug-free treatments available.

TMJ can be caused by a combination of muscle tension, teeth grinding, anatomical problems, and injury. Sometimes, there may be a psychological component from someone clenching their jaw during a time of increased stress and emotional tension, with most people completely unaware these muscles can remain contracted for long periods of time during the day and night. Over time TMJ can lead to not only jaw pain when chewing or opening your mouth, but also dizziness, severe headaches, earaches, and neck and shoulder pain.

Acupuncture helps to relieve jaw pain

Acupuncture is extremely helpful in relieving the inflammation, pain and muscle tension commonly associated with this condition.

With neurofunctional acupuncture, using electrical stimulation in combination with acupuncture, we can relieve muscle tension and spasms to decrease pain, inflammation, and swelling, releasing the jaw naturally for the joint to move freely. Acupuncture is also great at reducing neck and shoulder muscle tension, and reducing stress.

Treatment Detail

Chinese medicine aims to address your whole health picture, including lifestyle and environment changes that may support further healing. In addition to acupuncture, we often discuss dietary and lifestyle adjustments, such as stress reduction, relaxation techniques, modifying chewing habits, and jaw stretches, that can all be used in addition to wearing a mouth guard or bite plate.

Treatment Frequency

Acupuncture is a process, not a procedure. We do not know how your body will respond until we try a few sessions. Almost everyone will need a series of treatments to get the best results. You should notice positive changes in your body within the first five appointments; however, a typical course of treatment is one or two times a week for 5 to 10 weeks.