Roughly 13-percent of the adults in the United States suffer from migraine. Of these, roughly two to three million people deal with migraines on a regular – or chronic – basis. When it comes to migraine episodes, the pain and struggle is not comparable to much else in the medical world. Sufferers will turn to any number of therapies in hopes to reduce their exposure to this repetitive pain. Hypnosis has mainly largely unrecognized benefits when applied to the issues of a migraine sufferer.
Helps with Pain Management
The first and foremost issue with migraines is the pain that comes along with the majority of episodes. This pain is detrimental to all other activities and can be a severe impediment to the most basic needs, like eating and interacting with others. The ability of hypnosis to help the subconscious control the pain on a higher level means that the episodes are easier to manage when activities have to be completed.
Stress is a major trigger when it comes to migraine episodes. For those who understand this and still struggle to manage their stress effectively, the use of hypnosis can be helpful to address this particular trigger and allow the sufferer better control over and management of the stress and therefore a reduction in migraine episodes.
Problems that can’t be addressed by the conscious mind can be overwritten through hypnosis and management techniques taught to the subconscious instead.
Avoiding Abuse of Over-The-Counter and Prescription Drugs
One common problem with medications used to treat migraines is that using them too often can either cause other medical issues, like heart problems or ulcers, or there is a limited window of use. If over-the-counter medications are used too often, they can in turn contribute to a form of headaches called rebound headaches, which can be just as bad as or worse than the migraines themselves.
Reaches the Problem at a Level the Conscious Mind is Incapable of Doing
The subconscious can connect with issues that lead to migraine in a way the conscious mind is not always capable of accomplishing. For that reason, the use of hypnosis can also tune into issues that are causing migraines for the sufferer that the individual has not picked up on prior to the hypnosis session.
Helps with Trigger Avoidance
There are numerous triggers for migraines and they are different for each sufferer. For those who have bad habits that are known to trigger migraines, such as an addition to alcohol or smoking or a known repetitive craving for chocolate, the use of hypnosis can go a long way toward helping to reprogram the brain and help avoid that habit.
During hypnosis, eye contact is an important part of the process. This can be difficult if the audience is in the middle of a full-blown migraine. However, for those who are free of migraine, this can be a great way to connect with the hypnosis professional and be aware that the process is starting. The hypnosis process can be helpful to addressing a long-standing problem, providing relief from indescribable pain.