My head hurts.... Wednesday, November 09, 2016 by Editor

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Headaches’ are one of the most common health problems in Australia.

Did you know that up to 200,000 people are dealing with headaches on any given day? And what is really astounding is that up to half of these people miss school, work or other significant commitments because of it. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognise that headaches have been underestimated, under-recognised and under-treated throughout the world. What's more, is that they have placed headaches as one of the world's leading causes of disability. People of any age can be affected! 

So why Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a very consistent and philosophically-based framework for the cause of headaches and migraines. Acupuncture has been used for headaches since its inception over 2000 years ago!  

There is no ONE SIZE FITS ALL approach. Each individual is treated as a unique case and a tailored treatment program is given. Patients always tell me that a life free from headaches and migraines can be a rich, life-changing outcome.

In a 2004 study conducted by the British Medical Journal, “Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomised trial” concluded that "Acupuncture leads to persisting, clinically relevant benefits for primary care patients with chronic headache, particularly migraine."

Acupuncture can help cure migraines, headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. The greatest advantage of acupuncture over Western medicine is that it can provide drug free pain control without the side effects of pharmaceutical medications. 

What is the cost to me?

Migraines and headaches can have a big impact on your life. If untreated, the simple headache can cause substantial personal suffering, affect your quality of life and cost you financially if you are unable to function at work.

I am constantly seeing how it impacts on patients family life, social life and even people's livelihoods. The long-term effort of coping with a chronic headache disorder may also lead to other illnesses. 

Fact: Did you know, depression is three times more common in people with migraines or severe headaches, than in healthy individuals? 

Just pop a pill? 

Despite the obvious short-term benefits and convenience of over the counter medication, these medications often don't treat the root cause, and many people continue to experience all the long term symptoms.

Medications’ such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), aspirin, or pain-relieving drugs containing caffeine can have serious side effects and can actually lead to a "rebound" headache (also known as medication over-use headache). 

It is totally understandable that medication overuse is often motivated by a desire to just get rid of the headache you have, or a fear of future headaches. However, alternative therapy like acupuncture needs to be considered, as it will not only relieve the symptoms of your headache but also treat the root cause.

Top tips to cure headaches the natural way

  • Regular Acupuncture treatments will not only help you with existing headache problems, but can prevents ones in the future!
  • Get the right amount of sleep, around 7-8 hours per day
  • Avoid too much physical burn-out or mental fatigue
  • Sorry, but cut back on the alcohol and caffeine
  • Get to know your diet, and eliminate foods that can trigger migraines. Triggers could be dairy, chocolate, spices, wheat and corn.
  • H20 works wonders, so remember to stay hydrated and eat regular healthy meals.

Vaughn is now treating Sydney's inner west community - Vaughn Ryan Acupuncture services the Balmain, Rozelle, Drummoyne, Leichardt, Hunters Hill, Concord, Five Dock, Russell lea and Birchgrove areas. 

Disclaimer: This blog is my own opinion, derived from my working experience, knowledge and education in the industry. I have also sourced inspiration, facts and stats from some great studies, websites and other resources. Some of these links are below: