Anyone who has even been victim to a migraine can attest to their severity. I am fortunate in the sense I’ve never endured a migraine, but I’ve had some killer headaches, and they’re more than enough for me.
I do know people who suffer from migraines on a regular basis, and from my observations, I can gather that they’re pretty fucking terrible. Migraines are difficult to treat, or even dull, but according to an article from The Good News Network, a more holistic approach has proven to be effective at decreasing the intensity of this condition.
“In a recent clinical trial, researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction could provide real benefits to people with migraine.
“Migraine is a neurological disease that can be severely debilitating and is the second leading cause of disability worldwide.
“Unfortunately, many patients with migraine discontinue medications due to ineffectiveness or side effects—and many still use opioids despite recommendations against them for headache treatment.
“According to an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers studied whether mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) could improve migraine outcomes, pain perception, and measures of emotional well-being compared to headache education.
“In the study, 89 adults with a history of migraine were randomly assigned to either the MBSR group or headache education group—with training or instruction delivered in eight weekly two-hour sessions.
“The MBSR group followed a standardized curriculum of mindfulness meditation and yoga. Participants also received electronic audio files for home practice and were encouraged to practice at home 30 minutes a day. The headache education group received instruction on headaches, pathophysiology, triggers, stress, and treatment approaches,” the article states.
Individuals who engaged in both groups reported experiencing less migraines, although only the “MBSR also lessened disability and improved quality of life, depression scores, and other measures reflecting emotional well-being—with effects seen out to 36 weeks,” explains the article. Additionally, “experimentally induced pain intensity and unpleasantness decreased in the MBSR group compared to the headache education group, suggesting a shift in pain appraisal.”
I’d say these practices are worth a shot for anyone who is frequently visited by migraines.