Meditation can shorten migraines attack by up to 30% and help prevent 90% of stress related headaches.
Meditation can help alleviate underlying causes of most of the headaches caused and/or aggravated by stress, tension and anxiety.
Headaches and migraines can come in our way of leading a normal life.
Triggered by various physiological and psychological causes, stress and tension being the most common among them, headaches can interfere with our work, sleep and everyday activities. Depending on the severity of headaches, we are forced to pop in painkillers, bringing with it adverse physiological effects.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, and generally affect adults and adolescents. It is mainly caused by the tension that builds up in the scalp and neck muscles as a result of stress, depression, anxiety or a head injury.
Meditation induces relaxation response in the nervous system
Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University encourages meditation, as it stimulates the ‘relaxation response’ in the body, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thus promoting relaxation.
Meditation is said to increase the activity in the part of the nervous system responsible for slowing heart rate and relaxing blood vessels and inhibit the part of the nervous system responsible for stress.
In a research conducted by Herbert Benson and others, it was observed that regular practice of meditation can reduce frequency of headaches considerably and also eliminate headaches in some individuals.
Dr. Melissa Conrad Stoppler, a US pathologist, feels that meditation can be used during a migraine to lessen its severity as well as for prevention of migraine attacks.