If you suffer from chronic headaches, you probably know that relying on medication every time the pain flares up isn’t a good plan. You could end up relying on pain medication, developing rebound headaches, or even suffer systemic health effects, such as liver or kidney problems. If you are looking for drug-free remedies, you might consider acupressure.
Acupressure Claims of Effectiveness
Proponents of alternative medicine are quick to champion the effectiveness of acupressure for headaches. According to them, you can dispel many types of headaches just by finding the proper pressure points. Two of the most common pressure points for headaches are at the base of the skull in the back. These points, called the “gates of consciousness” in some sources, can be used to release tension in the head, and can cure these headaches as well as many other complaints, such as fibromyalgia, tinnitus, hypertension, and even a judgmental attitude.
Other common pressure points recommended for headaches include the meaty part of the hand above the webbing between index finger and thumb, the temples, the inside curve of the eyebrows near the bridge of the nose, and your foot where bones from your big toe and index toe meet.
When headaches occur, simply find the proper acupressure point that works for your headache and press.
Does Acupressure Work for Headaches?
Overall, there is not a lot of data to support the effectiveness of acupressure. There is some support saying that acupressure is better than muscle relaxation therapy for headaches, and other studies that support the overall effectiveness of the technique for pain. There has even been some work to determine the mechanism by which acupressure might relieve pain.
Perhaps most importantly, there has been work attempting to determine who might benefit from acupressure and who won’t. According to this study, acupressure may be effective in up to 55% of people with tension headaches, although by using some variables, it’s possible to predict success with a better than 80% accuracy.
Effective Headache Relief
The primary benefit of acupressure is that it’s unlikely to be harmful, which makes it a reasonable approach to try if you’re looking to reduce your medication load. However, if it doesn’t work for you, we have a drug-free headache treatment with a high degree of success. To learn more about whether TMJ treatment can effectively reduce your headaches, please call 803-781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC TMJ dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.