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Clinics in Saltaire, Skipton and Bingley

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Acupuncture for Headaches

Migraine

Migraine headaches are sometimes called vascular headaches. There is intense pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Light, noise and some odours can make the headache worse.

The function of our internal organs is regulated by the Autonomic Nervous System. There are two main divisions, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic system is responsible for the well known “fight or flight” response in periods of stress. The parasympathetic system is responsible for relaxation. When our bodies are subjected to prolonged periods of stress a chronic dominant state of sympathetic activity results. Blood circulation to the internal organs, including the head, is reduced. Eventually there is a rebound dilation when the vasoconstriction becomes excessive. The pain receptors around the arteries are activated and this is what causes the migraine attack.

Tension Headaches

Tension type headaches are muscle contraction headaches with a dull pressure like pain which can, nevertheless become severe. Acupuncture can help by inducing a general state of relaxation and by relieving muscle tension.