Ten million people in the UK experience headaches at some point in their lives and they are one of the most common forms of pain. 20% of women and 7% of men also suffer from migraines on a regular basis. Headaches are also the main reason for absenteeism in the workplace. Headaches can be a very debilitating form of pain and can cause the sufferer to completely feel at a loss to do anything other than rest. Headaches can be caused by a variety of means and naturally medical advice should be sought if they continue on a regular basis.
Headache pain can be broken down into the following components:
- Physiological pain, which can be muscular or vascular
- The individual’s subjective experience of pain (sickness, distress, tiredness etc.)
- Secondary gain from having pain which affect behaviour (taking a sick day and missing work, not having to spend time with family etc.)
Headaches can also be caused by stressful or tense situations or experiences. We have all seen the advert asking if the sufferer has a ‘tense, nervous headache’ and it is a very common cause for the discomfort.
Migraines are a severe type of headache which is often accompanied by a throbbing sensation. Sufferers generally begin to experience them in young adulthood although they can start much younger or later. As migraine is a form of chronic pain, sufferers are often more likely to experience anxiety and depression because of the effect that migraine has on their ability to work and socialise.
The International Headache Society classifies migraine into a number of categories, including:
- Classical migraine (with pre-headache symptoms)
- Common migraine (without pre-headache symptoms)
- Childhood conditions that can develop into migraine
- Retinal migraine (pain in eyes)
Using and teaching Hypnosis to the sufferer can provide a way to help stop or relieve the symptoms of a headache. This can be in the form of relaxation, stress management or guided visual imagery. Stress related headaches can be eased by learning simple relaxation
Hypnotherapy can help you to identify the physical and psychological triggers of your migraine and desensitise you to them.
For more information about how hypnotherapy can help with headaches and migraines, please contact me today.