Headaches can be triggered by a variety of things; stress, pent up anger, poor posture leading to muscle tension, hormonal imbalances, food intolerances and dehydration to name just a few.
In my experience there is usually an element of muscle tension in the neck and shoulders that contributes to most headaches and once dealt with the intensity and number of headaches tends to reduce.
Amanda is a highly accomplished therapist who has helped me with a wide variety of problems from a bad back, neck and shoulder pain and headaches, a chest infection that would not go away with antibiotics, and emotional problems too such as grief over a loss in the family. I would – and frequently have – recommend Amanda to anyone. I have complete confidence in her abilities and she is a really lovely person. I always leave a session knowing that my problem has been addressed and feeling more at peace with the world.
Acupuncture may help tension type headaches by:
- increasing endorphins (Han 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states;
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009)
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007)
- increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling