Headache sufferers are increasing looking for natural healing alternatives to prescribed medications that often carry unwanted side effects. Meditation is one such alternative treatment that has been used for centuries to heal the mind-body, balancing the person’s emotional, physical and mental states in order to reduce headache pain. Please read on for more information.
Meditation calms the thinking mind and increases awareness by creating a sustained focus and insight through observation. It promotes a natural state of reflection in which the mind is then able to contemplate (looks around) what it is meditating on, separating the self from external factors and allowing a person to disengage from thoughts which are often negative and self-destructive.
Whilst there are hundreds of meditation techniques available to practice, all fit into either for the following categories:
Meditation works to relieve stress-related headaches by physically relaxing the body and clearing the mind from the incessant negative thinking that often causes it. Physiologically, meditation reduces stress and thus headache pain by shifting brain activity from the stress-prone, right-frontal cortex of the brain to the more calming left frontal cortex. This allows the individual to disengage from their thoughts, feel more calm and at peace and therefore less likely to develop a headache.
Recent scientific studies have demonstrated meditation to be an effective tool in relieving the frequency and severity of headaches (and other chronic forms of pain) as well as the perception of the pain itself. This has been attributed to its:
Meditation may also benefit headaches by:
Physiologically, meditation may benefit headache sufferers by:
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