Headaches differ from migraines in their intensity. Headaches are primarily caused by tension, stress, anxiety, depression, hunger, anger, fatigue, overexertion and muscle strain. Migraines, on the other hand, are painful and oftentimes debilitating to the sufferer. In the United States, approximately 28 million people suffer from migraines. These painful types of headaches are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, smell or smoke. They usually occur on one side of the head but the pain could shift to the other side or to both sides at once. Scientists have discovered that migraines involve changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain which trigger pain. Overactive electrical impulses in the brain increase this blood flow and cause a widening of blood vessels and inflammation. Many people seem to know that a migraine is about to develop. This “premonition” (for lack of a better word) usually begins within 30 minutes of the migraine. Migraines may be triggered by certain foods (such as chocolates, monosodium glutamate - MSG, a common ingredient in Chinese food - red wine and caffeine), stress, frequent changes in daily routines, a fast paced life, bright lights, strong odors, stress and intense emotions.
How can Hypnotherapy help with headaches and migraines?
Headaches – post hypnotic suggestions are designed to train the client’s subconscious to relax their mind and body before, during or after the headache. These suggestions will also help to lessen the frequency of these tension headaches. They will assist clients to recognize people, environments and situations that would cause enough tension to bring on a headache.
Migraines – as with headaches, post suggestions are designed to train the client’s subconscious to relax their mind and body before, during or after a migraine. Additionally, the suggestions will be targeted to weaken the migraines where they will not be of such a threat to the client. Education, awareness, and a lifestyle change are of the essence.