Headache is a common problem and there are 19,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK. Headaches are not only painful, they can be disabling and have a tremendous impact on a person’s work and social life. They also have a significant economic impact as headaches cost the NHS £956 million every year.
Acupuncture has been shown to help people who suffer from tension-type headaches or migraine, with the effects lasting six months after the last acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has also been shown to be more helpful in preventing migraine than medications designed for this purpose.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance recommends 10 sessions of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic tension headache, and SIGN, the Scottish equivalent of NICE, suggests acupuncture be used for the prevention of migraine. This guidance is supported by a review from Cochrane, who gather and summarize the best evidence from research to help doctors and patients make informed choices about treatment. They advised that the evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatments can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache.
Sally Picton, who has been receiving acupuncture for headaches, said ‘’I started seeing Rachel primarily to help with my frequent headaches. I noticed an improvement from my first session and I can now safely say that my headaches are few and far between. Not only has acupuncture helped with my headaches, it has also helped massively in other areas such as insomnia and allergy/sinus-related troubles. Rachel is incredibly easy to talk to, empathetic and reassuring and makes you feel at ease during each appointment. Without a doubt acupuncture has helped me no end and I would highly recommend it to anyone!’’
If you would like to make an appointment for acupuncture to help with your headache or migraine then call Rachel Edney Bsc Hons LicAc MAcS on 07815 097473 or visit www.racheledney.co.uk. Treatments are given at the Therapy Rooms on Ferry Lane in Pembroke Dock.