YOGA FOR HEADACHE/MIGRAINE


ABOUT YOGA FOR HEADACHES/MIGRAINES


At a physical level yoga’s deep, slow movements can help relax tight muscles in the neck and shoulders, which can improve blood flow, build muscle strength and, over time, help correct the bad postural habits that can cause headaches and migraines. 

Becoming mindful of face and body habits, for example a tendency to round the shoulders, squint or scrunch the face when concentrating, can also be helpful in solving recurring headaches. You may become more mindful of the way you relate to your environment – the quality of light in your office, the chair you sit on, the food you eat – all factors which can trigger headaches. 

Clinical studies on yoga and meditation have suggested they are a useful headache and migraine treatment. Perhaps most importantly they can help to calm an overworked nervous system – a major cause of tension headaches and migraines. They can reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of headaches, alleviate associated depression, stress, and anxiety, and improve feelings of wellbeing.


WHAT THE CLINICAL STUDIES SAY


Yoga

  • Alleviates depression 

  • Improves coping behaviour 

  • Improves daily functioning 

  • Improves quality of life 

  • Reduces anxiety 

  • Reduces headache/migraine duration 

  • Reduces headache/migraine frequency 

  • Reduces headache/migraine intensity 

  • Reduces headache/migraine pain rating 

  • Reduces medication intake 

  • Reduces stress

Meditation

  • Alleviates depression 

  • Improves existential wellbeing 

  • Increases daily spiritual experiences 

  • Increases pain tolerance 

  • Reduces anxiety 

  • Reduces headache/migraine frequency