Soothing Headaches through Mindfulness

The results of this recent study suggest that mindfulness practice can promote effective heart rate regulation, and thereby promote effective recovery after a stressful event for individuals with headache conditions

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Oct 24, 2016
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27769879

The results of this recent study suggest that mindfulness practice can promote effective heart rate regulation, and thereby promote effective recovery after a stressful event for individuals with headache conditions :) Wonderful eh?!

Previous research suggests that associations between headache conditions (migraine, tension) and imbalances in the autonomic nervous system are due to stress-related dysregulation in the activity of the parasympathetic-sympathetic branches. Mindfulness meditation has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing pain-related distress, and in enhancing heart rate variability (HRV). This study examined HRV during cognitive stress and mindfulness meditation in 75 individuals with migraine and tension headaches.

In this randomised controlled trial, effects tests indicated that HRV increased significantly from stress for both headache and headache-free groups, that there was significantly greater HRV for headache and headache-free groups during mindfulness meditation practice compared to a description of the practice, and there was significantly lower HRV in the headache vs. headache-free group during the post-stress mindfulness meditation practice condition. Enjoy the paper and the notion of soothed headaches everyone.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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