Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes recurring headaches ranging from moderate to high intensity. Typically, it affects only one half of the head and can last from 2 hours to up to more than 2 days. When under a migraine attack, the sufferer may become extremely sensitive towards light or noise. Other common symptoms include vomiting, nausea and pain aggravation due to physical activity.
According to a report by the National Institute of Health, migraine is the 3rd most prevalent and 7th leading cause of disability worldwide. It is also believed that migraine is the most common neurological condition and is more common than asthma, epilepsy, and diabetes combined.
How to treat migraine
If you have been suffering from head-splitting ache for years or have recently been diagnosed with migraine, there are ways other than medication to help overcome your pain. Arterial surgery, muscle surgery, Occipital nerve stimulation, Botox, beta-blockers, and antidepressants are a few of the various preventive methods available to fight migraine attacks.
But beware as not all of these methods come without side-effects. Opting for some of these methods may increase the risk of hypotension, heart attacks, insomnia, and nausea to name a few.
So, is there a natural way to fight against migraine without hurting the body in the process?
Luckily, yes. The answer is Yoga.
8 Yoga poses to relieve migraines
Yoga is an ancient technique that promotes holistic living through a combination of postures and breathing techniques. Yoga is a side-effect-free method to fight migraine. Practicing these simple yoga postures for a few minutes every day will help prepare you better for the next migraine attack:
- Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
- Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Shishuasana (Child Pose)
- Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
- Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
- Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
- Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
The Standing Forward Bend invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood supply and also calms the mind.
The Child Pose calms down the nervous system and effectively reduces the pain.
The Two-Legged Forward Bend calms the brain and relieves stress. This yoga posture also relieves headache.
The Downward Facing Dog Pose increases blood circulation to the brain and thus relieves headache.
The Corpse Pose rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest. You can end the yoga routine by lying down in this pose for a couple of minutes.
Migraine attacks cause unbearable pain and can hamper one's personal as well as professional life. Explaining your situation to family, friends, and colleagues will encourage moral and emotional support from them. It will also help them have an open-minded view of your situation.
Yoga is a means to make your resistance against migraine better and should not be used as an alternative to medication. It’s recommended to continue your medication until your doctor advises otherwise.
Practicing these simple yoga postures will lessen the impact of a migraine attack and may eventually stop them permanently. So, roll out the yoga mat, repose for some time every day, and shut migraine out of your life for good.
Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind, yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is essential to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher.
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