It is estimated that there are 190,000 migraine attacks experienced every day in England and between 6 – 8 million people suffer from regular migraines in the UK. Migraines are not just bad headaches; the World Health Organisation has rated it among the most disabling lifetime conditions. They involve intense symptoms such as visual changes, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. For around 90% of sufferers the symptoms stop them from engaging fully in their work, personal and social lives on a regular basis. At their worst a migraine can leave a person incapacitated for 24 hours. An estimated 86 million days are lost from work or school every year because of migraines. Sufferers often report they have to lie down in a darkened room for two or three hours. Unsurprisingly, many of them turn to medication to help them manage their condition.
Bringing awareness to a painful condition
September 1st is the start of Migraine Awareness Week; an annual campaign to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the condition. The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) writes that migraines are a condition that usually responds well to sessions of hypnotherapy.
Migraines affect three-times as many women as men, with this higher rate being most likely hormonally-driven. However, physical conditions such as migraines can be exacerbated by underlying stress or anxiety. People who suffer with migraines are substantially more likely to report struggling with anxiety and depression according to the Migraine Trust.
Working with a hypnotherapist could help you feel more confident and more at ease about the stress and worry of living with migraines. A qualified clinical hypnotherapist can work with you to assist you in better understanding your migraine triggers. This can change your relationship to depressed or anxious thoughts and feelings. During hypnotherapy sessions you may be taught relaxation exercises or explore the mind-body connection. This can help you to recognise the triggers for your migraines and learn new ways of experiencing the sensations.
Of course, as this is a serious medical issue, it is vitally important that you are assessed by your GP before seeking treatment with a hypnotherapist.
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