Migraine Help

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A migraine is more than just a really bad headache. Most headaches are musculoskeletal in origin.

Migraines: intense pulsing or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, possible nausea and vomiting, light and/or sound sensitivity, visual disturbances and distortions. Routine activities are usually halted and medications are often required for sleep.

It is always recommended to see a doctor to confirm a migraine diagnosis.
Find out more about symptoms and triggers here.

Asanas and breathwork can provide relief for migraine sufferers. The approach to migraine relief will differ from one person to the next. Experiment with postures and breathing techniques. It also helpful to work with a seasoned Yoga Instructor or Yoga Therapist.

During Migraine Attack:
Meditation and Pranayama (breathwork) may be more helpful during an attack. Mindfulness Meditation, focusing attention on each moment has been proven useful for pain reduction. It may help to sit upright, and meditate on the breath, in a dark quiet place. Start with Ujjayi (ocean) breath. Lengthen the exhale has a calming effect. Alternate-Nostril Breathing may also bring benefit. Breathing meditations details here. 

Simple yoga postures are best practiced at the first sign of migraine rather that during the middle of an attack. Use support/props to encourage relaxation calm the mind.
Neck stretches can be done in a dark room during an attack.
Slowly lower chin forward to chest and then backward (5-10 times).
Lower right ear to right shoulder, then left ear to left shoulder (5-10 times)
Slowly turn head to the right and then left (5-10 times).


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Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose) Using gravity, this pose reverses the direction of blood flow, helps relax the mind and nervous system, and increases oxygen intake.
Salamba Balasana (Supported Child’s Pose) Lowers blood pressure. Generates a relaxation response. Using a bolster, pile of pillows or stack of blankets and lay down in Child’s Pose, and support the torso with the props.
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These are just a few ideas. More poses here.
Poses to avoid here.