Migraines, the most cyclical headache that affects people. With excruciating pain, sensitivity to light, shattering nausea, migraines can stop a person literally in their tracks. The triggers of a migraine can vary from stress to music, even a wrong twist of the body can bring one on. There is no known cure for migraines, but there are ways to provide symptom management beyond heavy medications and narcotics. One approach is meditation.
Meditation in its simplest form is considered to be a conscious state of mind. Giving one the power to focus their thoughts on their pain, confronting it, and ultimately being able to control it is the basic principle behind meditation for migraines. Emotionally, “owning” the pain gives the sufferers more opportunity to better understand their symptoms which empowers them to treat it effectively. This empowerment gives those with the condition more control over it, which leads to a healthier emotional outlook. While meditation is a therapy that approaches pain management from a mental stand point, there are some physical benefits to meditation.
Meditation is considered to be one of the best forms of relaxation that is easily approachable and reliable. Forming a meditation routine can help bring relaxation to those that suffer from the pain and discomfort from migraines. Relaxation can help eliminate some of the triggers that bring the painful headaches on. It can allow for less tension in the neck and jaw, shoulders, and upper back – common tension triggers for migraines. It can also create an overall relaxation of muscles, which can also provide symptom relief.
Meditation is an art form that in its most advanced forms can take years to master. However, in its simplest form and with proper breathing, simple meditation can help to alleviate migraine symptoms both emotionally and physically.