A Migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that usually affects one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and disturbance of vision. Psychic stress is an important cause of this tension headache, otherwise known as a migraine. This post, let’s check out how to get rid of tension headaches?
Common Features of Tension Headaches Patients
The migraine patients have some common psychic features which can be grouped to designate a psychic personality. Such persons are perfectionists, orderly, rigid, ambitious, competitive and unwilling to delegate responsibilities. Their ideals are generally unrealistic. Frustration results from the non-attainment of the ideals. A feeling of anxiety, an inner feeling of nervous tension, some sort of suppressed anger and emotions repressed in the unconscious are common features that predispose persons to a tension headache. Such persons are highly emotional from their birth. They are also allergic to some food items.
Very often, additional constitutional symptoms accompany an attack of tension headaches. These are vomiting, tachycardia, visual abnormality, biliary colic, angina pectoris, paroxysmal tachycardia, urinary frequency. All these symptoms are due to psychogenic stress too. A migraine usually starts with unilateral involvement, but later on, it may affect both sides of the body. The pain reaches its peak within one to two hours and then gradually subsides within four to five hours.
How to Get Rid of Tension Headaches
Any yogic practice that induces physical, as well as mental relaxation, is effective in the treatment of tension headaches. Asanas, in general, stimulate the secretion of acetylcholine in the cerebral cortex and the parasympathetic nerve endings. They bring about mental tranquility. Savasana is the ideal technique to produce relaxation. Nadi-Shodhana pranayama without retention, Ujjayi pranayama with khechari-mudra and Ujjayi pranayama on vajrasana with ajapa japa may be practiced to induce relaxation and reduce mental tension. Some mudras are definitely helpful. In addition, yoga-nidra is to be practiced.
Yoga-Nidra With Sankalpa For The Treatment Of Tension Headaches
The following sankalpa is recommended:
“I am free from tension. I am relaxed. My migraine is cured.”
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