Medical statistics show that the most popular reason to visit a doctor is for the treatment of pain. Of all the types of pain that exist, headaches are the most common. Generally the treatment for a benign headache is a prescription for pain tablets. There are times when the headache is due to another potentially dangerous underlying condition and in those cases it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. (See next page)
As a headache sufferer, you will know the burden that accompanies frequent headaches. Your quality of life is negatively affected, the pain is distressing and often debilitating, and most often a headache strikes at the most inconvenient time.
The need then for an effective treatment remains. Fortunately there is a simple non-invasive and cost effective solution in the form of Cupping Therapy.
In my private practice and at the community clinics I have worked in, I’ve successfully treated many patients with Cupping Therapy for their headaches. The types of headaches have ranged from “unexplained” chronic daily headaches to migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus type headaches and headaches caused by muscular-skeletal or neck tension.
Usually a patient requires initial weekly sessions (2-4) until a satisfactory improvement in the severity and frequency of headaches has been achieved. Thereafter a monthly maintenance treatment is sufficient. On the odd occasion, just one treatment has been enough to eliminate the headaches. In general a holistic approach to treatment is necessary, and this will address underlying causes of the headache. For example, if the headache is as a result of muscular tension, then posture correction, specific exercises, stress management and self massage may be recommended. If the sinuses are blocked, then diet and environment will need to be addressed, as well as some medication prescribed to treat an underlying infection. Each patient has a different cause for their headaches, and therefore needs to be treated individually. However, as far as pain relief is concerned, Cupping Therapy has proven to be very effective with dramatic improvement in symptoms in a relatively short space of time.
For those of you or your loved ones who suffer from headaches and ‘have tried everything’ – I’'d encourage you to go for a few cupping sessions. You might just find that long overdue relief from your pain.