Migraine and Headache Liberation Through Self Hypnosis

By: Alan B. Densky, CH

Even though the brain itself does not have nerves to feel pain, certain areas of the head such as the scalp, face, mouth and throat have pain-sensitive nerve fibers, which can hurt. Headache - or cephalgia - commonly is used to describe any type of pain that would appear in these sensitive areas of the head.

Headaches can be put into two groups: Primary headaches, such as stress headache, cluster headache and migraine headache, which are not associated with any illness; And Secondary headaches which are associated with another condition.

Headaches are the most common affliction of the nervous system. Everyone will be affected by them at one point in their lifetime, but for 55 million Americans, it is a usual thing. The World Health Organization claims that one in 20 adult suffers from frequent headaches, with females being more exposed than males.

Headaches can be very seriously handicapping and may very negatively affect the lives of individuals who experience them. Work ability is diminished for those individuals, which can be detrimental to their financial situation.

The ability to socialize is also reduced as the pain, or the fear thereof, may make people more ill-humored. Some people who have migraine even have to consistently pay attention to everything they eat, everything they see, and even everything they smell, as some strong or displeasing sensations may be hurtful.

Because headaches are seen as such a banal, harmless disease, people who suffer from them on an everyday basis also have to deal with the incomprehension of their friends and relatives. This social barrier can also prevent people from trying to get the attention of a doctor and getting an appropriate treatment. However before it can be treated, a headache needs to be "identified".

We have seen before that there are two particular types of headache: Primary and Secondary, each subdivided into a lot of other subtypes. Their symptoms can differ as well as their causes and, obviously, how they should be cured. This is why they should to be effectively identified by a practitioner so that you can receive good treatment.

Stress headache, also known as tension headache, is the most ordinary sort of primary headache and is responsible for about 90% of headaches. It is generally seen as related to stress or related to muscular and skeletal problems in the area of the neck.

Tension headache is usually momentary and can last from several minutes to several hours, but might last for many days in the most acute cases. It is typically described as a strong steady pressure, usually on both sides of the head, or spreading around it, occasionally also affecting the neck.

Migraine is kind of different and is believed to almost certainly have a genetic basis. Migraines occur when the brain releases substances that cause pain, that spread around the nerves and vessels of the head. Migraine most often happens on a monthly basis and persists for a few hours, with other symptoms like nausea and intolerance of normal degrees of light and sound.

Cluster headaches generally happen frequently and are short lasting. They are also very painful. They occur in clusters of six to twelve weeks and every one or two years, usually at the same time of the year. The pain is excessively raw and affects the entire head, most often beginning with the eye, and then affecting the forehead, nose and mouth. It is much more uncommon than other kinds of headache and primarily affects the male population.

Headaches are typically treated using over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. A physician may also tell you to avoid some common causes of headaches such as noise or some kinds of foods.

Caffeine, Magnesium and Vitamin B2 have also been regarded as useful in order to treat migraine. Drugs are however expensive and may have undesired side effects, particularly for people who have to take them on a daily basis. This is why you may want to consider a different way of avoiding the several kinds of headache.

Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) have indeed shown to be working and can help you to get rid of pain anywhere in your body, including the head, as well as becoming more relaxed meanwhile. Stress is a very common cause of headache, and specific hypnotic techniques have been developed to get rid of both stress and headaches quickly.

People who have migraine or cluster headache are often able to feel the first symptoms before it really occurs, and may learn self-hypnosis techniques to get rid of them before they hurt too much. Hypnotherapists who understand how handicapping a headache can be have designed these methods.

Hypnotherapy is a drug free modality that will help you find the help you were looking for. Headache is a grave affliction with various variations, concerning millions of people worldwide. Learn to fight it and to relax with the soothing method of self hypnosis.

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