Migraine sufferers can now benefit from yoga and meditation, according to a recent clinical trial. Migraine is one of the leading causes of disability in the world and it can be severely debilitating.
Most times, migraine sufferers discontinue medications since they come with side effects or they are ineffective. Many patients still make use of opioids despite experts’ warnings against them for treating headaches.
At a time when opioids are still being used for migraine, finding safe non-drug options with long-term benefit has significant implications. Mindfulness can also teach new ways to respond to stress, a commonly reported migraine trigger.Rebecca Erwin Wells, associate professor of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
JAMA Internal Medicine published an article that discussed the outcome of the research carried out on how mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) could help to improve pain perception and migraine outcomes.
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The study revealed that 89 adults who had a history of migraine were assigned to a headache education group or MBSR group. The MSBR group went through a standardized curriculum of meditation and yoga. Participants were given electronic audio files and were advised to practice at home 30 minutes per day.
The headache education group was given instructions on stress, pathophysiology, headaches, and how to treat them. People who participated in the headache education group and MSBR groups experienced migraine for fewer days.
However, it was only MBSR that reduced disability and enhanced quality of life. In addition, experimentally induced pain levels decreased in the MSBR group when compared to the headache education group.