Migraine pain relief

Serving the greater Orange County Area including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Huntington Beach, CA.

Migraines affect over 39 million people in the United States, causing debilitating pain, sensory disturbances, and disrupted quality of life. At Newport Wellness Group in Newport Beach, California, we understand how severely migraines can diminish health and wellbeing. Our goal is to provide patients with new hope for managing this complex neurological condition.

What sets migraines apart from ordinary headaches? Migraine symptoms often include severe, throbbing unilateral head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and visual disturbances. Attacks can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Some patients experience prodrome symptoms in the days leading up to an attack as well. The unpredictability of migraines can make work, social engagements, and everyday activities extremely challenging.

Common Migraine Pain Relief FAQs

How can you find an effective treatment approach?

With migraines, one size does not fit all when it comes to treatment. At Newport Wellness Group, our certified acupuncturists Dr. Shohre Mehvar and Dr. Shabnam Pourhassani tailor care plans specific to each patient’s symptoms, history, triggers, and goals. We combine traditional acupuncture techniques with current medical understanding of migraines and the latest scientific evidence. This integrative approach allows us to offer patients the best of Eastern and Western practices.

So how does acupuncture work to help migraines? Fine sterile needles inserted into precise acupoints on the body can have wide-ranging effects. For migraine treatment, common points are located on the head, neck, and extremities. Research indicates acupuncture may help by:

– Stimulating natural pain modulation via endorphin release
– Regulating nervous system function
– Reducing inflammation
– Promoting relaxation

What does the initial consultation look like?

Your initial consultation focuses on understanding your specific migraine patterns so we can develop a customized treatment plan. We’ll discuss important factors like:

– Frequency, severity, duration of attacks
– Prodrome symptoms
– Triggers like stress, hormones, foods
– Previous treatments attempted
– Lifestyle factors
– Overall health history

This comprehensive evaluation allows us to create an integrated treatment approach just for you. We recognize that living with migraines also takes an emotional toll, so we prioritize listening with empathy and compassion.

What should I expect with medical acupuncture?

If you’re new to acupuncture, it’s normal to feel some uncertainty about the process. We strive to make your experience as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

Before the first needle is even inserted, your acupuncturist will speak with you to address any questions or concerns you may have. Once you are settled face up on the treatment table, your acupuncturist will insert ultra-thin sterile needles into specific points along your body. Most patients report little to no discomfort. The needles remain in place for 20-30 minutes while you rest quietly. Many patients find this time deeply relaxing or may even fall asleep. After removing the needles, your acupuncturist will discuss your experience and any initial reactions you may have noticed.

What is your approach to acupuncture?

Acupuncture works best alongside other healthy lifestyle measures and conventional treatments you may already be using to manage migraines. At Newport Wellness Group, our goal is to complement and enhance any care you are currently receiving. Acupuncture is not meant to replace medications prescribed by your doctor. We recognize that migraines have multiple contributing factors, so comprehensive management is ideal.

In addition to customized acupuncture treatments, we offer patients education on:

– Identifying and modifying migraine triggers
– Implementing stress-relieving activities like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi
– Following an anti-inflammatory diet & staying hydrated
– Improving sleep quality
– Optimizing exercise & movement
– Managing pain medication overuse

By integrating both traditional interventions and self-care practices, you’ll be best equipped to minimize migraine frequency and intensity.

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