Cervicogenic headaches are a type of chronic headache that originates from the neck. This type of headache is often described as a dull, aching pain that radiates from the base of the skull to the forehead and temples. It can be accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Relief from cervicogenic headache pain through acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to for a variety of complaints, including headaches. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. Research suggests that acupuncture may be able to assist with management of pain and other symptoms of cervicogenic headaches by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to the head and neck area—Ding et al. (2022) found that acupuncture combined with massage showed promise in reducing pain intensity in patients with cervicogenic headaches, showing no serious side effects. Another study found evidence that acupuncture, dry needling, and cupping were all potentially effective in alleviating pain both immediately after treatment, as well as in the medium-term when compared to conventional treatments in eliminating cervical pain and headache. While more research is needed and every person responds to every modality differently, these studies are encouraging.
Acupuncturists may use various techniques when addressing the symptoms of cervicogenic headaches such as needling specific points on the scalp or neck, applying heat or cold therapy, or using electrical stimulation (e-stim). The acupuncturist will tailor the treatment plan to each individual patient based on their symptoms and medical history.
In addition to techniques that may help to manage pain, acupuncture can also help reduce stress levels which can contribute to chronic headaches. Stress can trigger tension in the muscles which can lead to increased pressure on nerves in the neck causing cervicogenic headaches. Acupuncture helps relax tense muscles which can reduce pressure on these nerves and provide relief from pain associated with cervicogenic headaches.
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At Eastern Therapies, we provide holistic management of symptoms associated with many chronic conditions, including cervicogenic headaches, using traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture as well as dietary advice, lifestyle advice and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about how we can help you manage your condition naturally through our holistic approach.