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Managing Migraines with CIM and Acupuncture

Migraines are incredibly painful and even debilitating. They can come on in a sudden rush, and make it near impossible to concentrate on anything. For that reason, managing and preventing the pain associated with migraines is paramount for being able to work and function effectively in daily life. 

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Many people turn to over-the-counter medications to manage their pain and symptoms, but you may not be able to optimally control or prevent the reoccurring pain this way. Additionally, medications can have other side effects. 

Complementary and integrative treatments could be your best option for managing migraine pain and symptoms. In this post, we will explain how acupuncture and integrative medicine can help. 

Complementary and Integrative Medicine for Migraines 

Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) are strategies that help heal patients from ailments, including migraines. CIM focuses on traditional Chinese medicine and the mind-body connection. Research suggests that the Chinese medicine modalities of acupuncture, massage, yoga, cupping, and meditation have a positive effect when used to treat migraines and tension headaches. 

Acupuncture for Treating Migraines

Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting tiny needles into key acupoints. It can greatly improve chronic and acute headaches and even be used to help prevent reoccurrence. The reason that acupuncture is so effective is that it helps boost the release of key neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are helpful in reducing chronic pain. Additionally, those neurotransmitters can prevent episodic migraines. 

Reduce Tension 

Acupuncture and other integrative medicine techniques, like massage, also help with pain reduction because they also relieve tension. Tense back, shoulder, and neck muscles put more strain on your head and can facilitate tension headaches, or migraines. Relieving some muscular tension and also inducing relaxation is key for managing migraines. 

Is CIM Right for Me?

Many people wonder if CIM like massage and acupuncture is right for them and if it will help them with their migraine pain. If you struggle to manage your migraines with other techniques, then you should definitely try acupuncture or massage. Additionally, many people turn to CIM because they do not want to take numerous medications, or had experienced side effects. If you want to heal your body naturally and without chemicals, CIM is an excellent option. 

The Best CIM Services in Suffolk County

Integrative Family Acupuncture and Massage Therapy in Smithtown offers the top holistic medicine services in Long Island New York. We can help you with your migraines through acupuncture, massage, or find another method that works best for you. To learn more about our holistic services, migraine treatment options, or to schedule your appointment in Suffolk county, contact IFW today HERE.