Mindfulness And Meditation For Headaches And Migraines–A Guide

Use meditation for headaches. Meditation is a natural and healthy way to cure a headache. So put the pills down and try a healthy cure instead.

 

The World Health Organisation’s official statistics show that 47% of the world’s population suffers from at least one headache per year. Headaches are one of the most common pain disorders. Migraines are on the rise too, with more than 11% of people suffering from them.

Perhaps it’s should be no surprise that headaches and migraines are becoming more and more common. After all, one of the most common causes of headaches is tension and stress, and the causes for stress and tension seem to become more and more every year.

No doubt you’ve experienced a tension headache at least once in your lifetime—if not, please let us know your secret in a comment below.

 

Pressure And Stress Are Leading Causes Of Headaches

The pressures and stress of modern society lead to an increasing amount of tension.

At times, that tension begins to manifest itself in mild to moderate pain and in a sensation of tension around the head. This makes it difficult to focus.

The headache itself presents more stress, which leads to increased tension, making the headache worse. And so it continues until the headache is so bad that you simply cannot function.

Pain medications have always been extremely popular, and of course do have their place (sometimes you simply need the headache gone and gone now). But pills have never been the healthiest solution. A much better solution is found in mindfulness and meditation.

 

The Good News Is That You Can Use Mindfulness And Meditation For Headaches

Mind body techniques, including mindfulness and meditation, have been scientifically proven to help alleviate the symptoms of headaches, migraines, and other pains. A report in Psychosomatic Medicine magazine recently revealed that individuals who practice meditation are significantly less prone to headaches.

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor and meditation teacher, coined the term “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Kabat Zinn and a team of scientists researched the effect of mindfulness meditation on health. Subsequently, mindfulness based stress reduction has been used increasingly to treat a number of health complications.

 

 

One of Kabat Zinn’s studies showed that individuals who practice MBSR techniques have 1.4 fewer migraines per month than the average individual.

Those headaches that MBSR practitioners do experience also tend to be shorter and less severe.

These results are in conjunction with many other MBSR benefits, which include a 30% improvement in everyday activities like sleeping, sex, and cooking; improves positive moods; decreases negative moods; and improved overall health. You may like to read our complete coverage of all the health benefits by meditation.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an adapted form of traditional Buddhist meditation (and there are many other Buddhist types of meditation for headaches, so take a look at that link).

When practicing MBSR the individual focuses on non-judgmentally accepting the pain in their body. The aim is to perceive the pain precisely as it is: as pure energy. This acceptance of pain has been proven to significantly reduce suffering, perhaps because a large amount of physical pain is psychosomatic.

Mindfulness and meditation help alleviate pain because they make us aware of the mental construct of that pain. To put that more simply. A great deal of the pain we experience is in our minds. Meditation makes us aware of our minds and of the pain the mind is creating. Once we are aware we are then able to escape that self-created pain.

 

 

 

But what sort of meditation technique is best for headaches and migraines?

All meditation techniques will help to alleviate the pain of headaches and migraines if only by helping us to relax. But let’s take a look at some of the best meditations for headaches.

The following are the most effective types of mediation for headache relief (you can use these meditations for migraines too).

 

Breathing meditation: If there is one type of meditation techniques that you should try then it is breathing meditation. Proper breathing helps to relax the body, and once the body is relaxed the mind is relaxed. Breathing meditation also helps to oxygenate body and mind, which in itself is highly instrumental for the relief of pain. If you’d like to begin this meditation technique, I’ve created a complete guide to Breathing Meditations for you.

 

 

Mindfulness: One of the best types of meditation for headaches is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that involves non-judgmentally observing and accepting the sensations in the body and mind. This act of accepting helps the mind to relax, thereby alleviating headache symptoms. You can learn more about this in our complete guide to mindfulness meditation.

 

 

Body Scan: Another great type of meditation for headaches is a body scan meditation.

Headaches are often accompanied by physical strain and stress. Often when we experience a headache there is an accompanying neck pain, toothache, or other bodily ache. Body scan meditation allows you to become conscious of the tensions in your body, and then to release those tensions. This creates complete relaxation. I have created a free guide to Body Scan meditation that you will find very helpul.

 

 

More: If you would prefer to try an alternative type of meditation, you can find everything you need to know in our new book: Welcome To Silence: A Practical Guide To Mindfulness And Meditation.

What matters most is relaxation and relief from stress. Prevention is better than cure. Try meditating once a day for twenty minutes. This will create lasting relaxation and will significantly reduce your experience of migraines and headaches.

 

 

Let me know how you get on using these meditations for headaches. Leave a comment.

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Paul Martin Harrison

Im on a mission to spread spirituality and enlightenment. How? By writing and teaching. You guys asked me to write a book that will teach you how to meditate properly and how to find enlightenment. Guess what? The book is out now. It's called Welcome To Silence : A Practical Guide To Mindfulness And Meditation.

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