Daith Piercings & Migraines
Greetings Happy Dave here, I am a Professional Career Piercer based at Ink Spot Tattoo in Melrose Park IL. I am a full service, schooled, full time Piercer with nineteen years experience. Piercing is my true passion and love. I have always been an advocate for public awareness and piercing education. I have performed over 18,000 piercings in the last nineteen years but only until January of 2016 was I asked if a Daith piercing can cure Migraine headaches. The honest answer was, I don’t know! Because I care passionately about anything relating to piercing I wanted to find out. I am not a medical professional so any information presented here should NOT be taken as medical advice. Migraine Pal asked medical professionals and acupuncturists and came up with some interesting information.
My Daith Piercing experiences
I told the first woman that came in to try it and see if it helps. If not, then at least she would have a cool piercing. So that is what we did. I put an 18 gauge 5/16 hoop in her left Daith. I also asked her to call me in a month and let me know if the piercing relieved the headaches. Her name was Leslie she came back in February and said for the first time in thirty years her headaches were gone on the left side of her head but that they had now moved to the right. She had me do the right side Daith and messaged me in May stating that she hasn’t had a Migraine headache since I did the second one in February. I have performed 10 more Daith piercings in 2016 to help relieve headache pain. All of them have been women from the ages of 17 to 50. The 17 year old suffered a head trauma and developed a continuous headache. Her mother contacted me 3 weeks after I pierced her stating that her daughters headache had gone. 6 of the other 9 women I pierced have all reported their headaches have subsided. One women says her headaches are becoming less and less and is considering doing her left side Daith. 3 of the women haven’t gotten back to me yet.
Daith piercing Migraine relief investigation
I have done some personal investigating on the nerves of the face. It seems as though when the Auricular branch of the vagus nerve is pierced that interrupts what is causing the headaches. Stephanie one of my clients told me she heard that a rear Helix piercing may relieve headaches as well. When I looked into that I discovered that the Great auricular nerve runs up the length of the rear Helix (the back rim of the ear). Even though I am not a medical professional I care about piercing and doing what I can to make life better for people, so that is why I am sharing my personal experience with you . All of MY results with the Daith headache remedy have been positive, keep in mind though, this is not a proven medical procedure. Even though there is some medical evidence that suggests the Daith Piericing may help relieve Migraine headaches it is still just a body piercing. On that note: Daith Piercings take a certain level of skill to perform and should only be performed by a full time professionally trained body piercer so you don’t end up with MORE OF A HEADACHE. For more information Professional body piercing go to : www.happydavepiercing.com
What is an anti-eyebrow Piercing?
An anti-eyebrow piercing is exactly what its name implies – the opposite of an eyebrow piercing. These surface piercings are done under the eye orbit and above or along the cheek bone. Imagine if your eyebrows circled your eye like eye lashes do. This piercing goes where the lower eyebrow would be. Sometimes called a butterfly kiss, tears or teardrops, the anti-eyebrow piercing draws attention to the eye and cheeks. It is perfect if you want people to notice your beautiful eyes or high cheek bones.
Great for men and women
Even though anti-eyebrow piercing is relatively new to the United States, it is already a growing trend among piercing fans. I’ve heard a female client describe her butterfly kiss piercing as “feminine but still edgy.” I’ve had men come into my shop for an anti-eyebrow piercing to make their eyes or face more striking without resorting to blush or eye liner. With the right jewelry, this piercing is just as masculine as any other.
Surface Bars vs Curved Bells
Since the anti-eyebrow piercing is relatively new to the US, there are a lot of misunderstandings about it. It is not the same as an eyebrow piercing, snakebites or other facial piercings. This unconventional piercing uses a surface bar and is usually placed below the orbit of the eye and above the upper bone of the cheek. The piercing can be horizontal or vertical depending on the preference of the person.
Teardrop piercings are a surface piercing, not a standard piercing. A standard piercing goes through the skin. Picture the common pierced ear. The piercing implement penetrates the skin and comes out the other side. A surface piercing penetrates the skin and passes under the skin emerging on the same epidermal plane as the
implement entered the skin. A surface bar should be used for ALL teardrop/anti-eyebrow piercings. It is a “U” shaped or “staple” shaped surgical steel bar. The bar part will lay flat against the skin while the prong parts point straight out. The flat bar will not put pressure on the entrance and exit holes as a curved piece of jewelry will. That pressure is part of what causes the body to view the jewelry as foreign object and to reject it.
Another important difference between a standard piercing and surface piercing is healing time. Surface piercings can take up to a year to fully heal depending on care and physiology. That said, the beauty and elegance of the butterfly kiss piercing makes it all worth it.
But I’ve heard they don’t last!
Many people hesitate to get an anti-eyebrow piercing because they have heard that surface piercings are temporary. Surface piercings are long-term piercings, that can last for several years. Many factors contribute to the duration of your teardrop piercing, including the skin itself. Some bodies are more accommodating to non-organic body modifications than others. Care is another important factor. If you need clear, easy to follow tips on caring for your new piercing, visit my website and read the aftercare instructions. The most important factor is the skill of your piercing professional. As with any piercing, make sure that you’re trusting your most important feature – your face – to someone that has the expertise to do it correctly, and well.
Hi, Happy Dave here
As a Professional Career Piercer and advocate of safe piercing for the last seventeen years, I felt compelled to write this article after encountering several people that were wearing the wrong type of jewelry in their piercings. Since there are no training requirements for body piercers in Illinois other than meeting basic health department guidelines, there are a lot of crappy piercers out there. Most of these people are what I refer to as “passive piercers”. These are people that pierce as a secondary source of income and haven’t taken the time to go through a formal apprenticeship. It is important to screen prospective piercers when calling around for prices. Make sure you know who is piercing you before you go in or make an appointment. It could be the difference between having a pleasant piercing experience or a disastrous one. Hopefully this article will help you be able to make more informed choices when seeking to get a new body adornment.
Questions to Determine Piercer Qualification
→ How long have you been piercing?
→ Do you have a piercing portfolio?
→ Are you a full time piercer or do you offer tattoos?
→ How often do you spore test?
→ Do you use internally or externally threaded labret posts and barbells?
Before you choose a piercer…
Whatever piercing you are thinking of, you should ask a few questions first, and know what answers to listen for. If they have a professional piercing ethic they will respect you enough to answer you. That’s important in itself; do you want someone modifying your body that has no respect for you?
Look for a person with five years or more full time experience. A person that has an extensive photo album of some of the piercings they have done shows that they take pride in their work and it gives you a chance to see the quality of their work. Specialized piercers are focused on and committed to piercing. A spore test is a biological test performed on sterilization equipment to make sure it is working properly. If the person you ask doesn’t know what a spore test is or how often they test their equipment, they may not care about health and safety protocols. Internally threaded barbells are best for initial piercings because the threads are on the inside so it doesn’t tear the piercing going in. Internally threaded barbells cost more to make but it shows that the piercer cares enough about quality to spend the extra money so you will have a more pleasant experience.
The Value of Quality
While the amount of money that you spend on a piercing is not going to automatically determine the quality, it is pretty safe to say that if you get an inexpensive piercing, more than likely it is going to look cheap. Remember that your piercing is permanent. You will have it for a long time. You don’t have to spend a fortune but a little extra money spent and a quality piercing artist will ensure that your new piercing will be something you can display with pride.
Wrong Placement Horror Stories
Matching the right jewelry to the piercing is important. A piercing should compliment one’s features, not overpower them. If it is a functional piercing it should be able to move appropriately to do its job. I get a lot of people in my shop that have been pierced elsewhere with jewelry that doesn’t fit the piercing. Thankfully, a professional can help or even repair bad piercings entirely. Some examples:
One girl come in that had a 14 gauge navel stud in her ROOK piercing (the inner top part of her ear). Not only did it look ugly and out of place, it was too thick! That caused the piercing to reject, and needed my attention. It turned out that the person who pierced her had used a navel bar! I switched it out for a 16 gauge 1/4 inch bent barbell, which fixed the pain and inflammation, and looked better besides.
Recently, I encountered a woman with a surface piercing under her eye that was pierced with a bent barbell and it was growing out. Bent barbells don’t heal in surface piercings because it puts stress on the entry and exit site causing the body to reject it. The proper jewelry for a surface piercing is a “U” shaped barbell (which looks more like a bracket, [ ). That shape relieves the pressure from the piercing allowing it to heal.
Another woman came in for a nipple piercing and asked me if an 18 gauge bent barbell was the right jewelry for her vertical hood piercing. I told her It wasn’t and explained why. The person that pierced her either wasn’t trained properly or just didn’t have the proper jewelry and didn’t want to lose the sale. The standard jewelry for a VCH piercing is a 14 gauge straight barbell. 18 gauge is too thin for a VCH piercing because it gets pulled on and massaged. 18 gauge is very thin and can tear the piercing. A bent barbell has a curve on it so it limits the range of motion diminishing the ability for direct stimulation when massaged.
I had another woman come in for a piercing that asked me about a problem she was having with her tongue piercing. The person that pierced her used a one inch barbell way too long for her tongue not only did her piercing heal crooked it also developed a granuloma (A big hard bump). While it is necessary to use a longer barbell to accommodate the swelling, experience and proper training dictates the proper length to start with. I generally use a 5/8 inch barbell for women and 3/4 inch for men. Of course these are just general guidelines and everyone is different. I downsized her jewelry and gave her some additional aftercare instructions and her bump is diminishing.
Don’t make the same mistake these people did. Make an appointment With a specialized professional if you want a new piercing, or have a concern about an existing piercing, They can help you make the right choice of jewelry for your piercing needs.
It’s Your Body
People often get so wrapped up in trying to get a cheap piercing that they forget that, done right, this is a long term investment and it is your body you are modifying. No matter who you go to, take the time to get educated on the jewelry and the person doing the work. And hey, if you’re in Chicago look me up. ‘Happy’ Dave Haskell.
Hi, Happy Dave here,
Remember when your friend got their first piercing and they were so excited about it? They showed it off to everyone the moment they got it. By the second day, though, it was turning an angry red. Within a week it was infected. The area was swollen and gross. Your friend pulled out the piercing and let it heal closed thereby wasting all the money they spent. The whole experience made you think twice about getting your own piercing. Chances are that your friend, when looking for a piercer, just asked about price and NOT about the training and expertise of the piercer. Price should never be your ONLY consideration when choosing a body piercer. By choosing a professionally trained piercer with a proven track record, you can ensure that your piercings will heal properly and look beautiful.
No State Licensing Requirements
Few people realize that there are NO training requirements for piercers in the State of Illinois. Anyone can claim to be a professional body piercer provided they work in a shop which is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH is concerned with the cleanliness of the shop and the sterilization of the equipment and inspect shops only once a year. Many so-called piercers have little or no professional training. There are simply not enough certified trainers to meet the demand. Furthermore, few potential customers know or care what separates a professional trainer from someone who just watched a Youtube video. Most just want it cheap.
The Problem With Cheap
The problem with just shopping for cheap is aftercare. Poorly trained piercers frequently don’t provide proper aftercare instructions. When something goes wrong they can’t or won’t help the customer. Frequently the customer, to stop the pain or to avoid further complications, will simply remove the piercing. So the money they spent on their bargain piercing may just as well have been flushed down the toilet. A professionally trained piercer trained performs the procedure properly, gives full and complete aftercare instructions and encourages their clients to call if problem occur.
Finding A Professional Piercer
Finding the right piercing professional isn’t hard. You simply have to ask the right questions. Here are a few good questions to ask when looking for your piercing professional.
- How long have they been piercing and who trained them?
- Are photos of their work available online or at their location? You want to get a look at the quality of their work.
- How often do they spore test? Illinois law requires regular spore testing to ensure that all sterilizer equipment is working properly. Many shops have one person in charge of machine maintenance so the pierce might not know for sure. If they don’t, ask them to find out.
- Is the piercer also a tattoo artist or some other type of body modification specialist? If so, find out if piercing is merely a sideline. If piercing is their part time profession they might not be fully trained. Whereas an artist who is ONLY a piercer will have respect for the art form and craft.
- Do they perform genital piercings? Even if you are not interested in a genital piercing, asking will give you an idea of how fully they were trained. If they do not do genital piercings you will want to investigate more fully into their training and background.
These five questions won’t give you all the information you need to find the best quality piercer in your area, but they are a good place to start.
Piercings are permanent. You owe it to your body to use a professionally trained piercer who does the job correctly and provides appropriate aftercare. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your body modifications, but by spending a little more you can have a beautiful piercing which you can display with pride.