Migraines & Relaxation Techniques

What is Migraine?

Migraines are a recurring type of headache. It is a chronic neurologic disorder which can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head.

Why Migraine is caused?

Migraine is a primary neurologic disorder with a clear genetic basis. There are some triggers that could set off migraines, such as:

  1. Hormonal changes (especially during menstruation)
  2. Stress, depression, anxiety, and shock
  3. Tiredness and insufficient sleep
  4. Caffeine, chocolate, cheese and citrus fruits
  5. Irregular mealtimes and dehydration
  6. Flickering screens, strong smells, second-hand smoke, and loud noises

The treatment of migraine symptoms focuses on avoiding these triggers, controlling symptoms, and some relaxation techniques. Also recently, few drugs received approval for migraine treatment and prevention.

Few Relaxation Exercises:

  1. Rhythmic breathing: Count slowly to five as you inhale, and then count slowly to five as you exhale. 
  2. Visualized breathing: Find a comfortable place where you can close your eyes, and combine slowed breathing with your imagination.
  3. Relax to music: Select the type of music that lifts your mood and combine it to your relaxation exercises.

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