In last week's ACHE Tuesday, Dr. John S. Wendt discusses the role of mindfulness meditation in those with Migraines and Headache disorders. He points out that since Migraines are associated with a hyper-excitable brain that strategies to reduce stress are helpful in calming some of that excitability.
While there are a number of behavioral interventions that are useful, he discusses the role and value of mindfulness meditation. He discusses two major attributes of mindfulness meditation - stopping and observing. He stresses the importance of being still and reflecting in a non-judgemental manner on what one is experiencing.
Dr. Wendt indicates that a number of controlled studies have indicated the efficacy of mindfulness meditation in improving depression, anxiety and one's response to pain. He notes that while further studies are needed to study its effect specifically on headaches, "these prior studies suggest that mindfulness likely has a role in in the treatment of patients with headaches." Dr. Wendt also discusses what brain wave and imaging studies show regarding the effect of mindfulness on the brain.
To read more about the role of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of Migraine, please see Dr. Wendt's Ache Tuesday article Mindfulness Meditation for Migraine.
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