Chronic Headache and Relaxation Techniques

February 20, 2015

Are you lucky enough to live near one of the major spa meccas in the United States? Cities known for mild weather and fabulous mind-body spas include Tucson, Scottsdale and Phoenix. Migraine and chronic headache sufferers are always being encouraged to incorporate relaxation practices into their lifestyle along with other healthy habits, to manage stress and ease chronic pain. Visiting a holistic spa, which offers classes in relaxation therapies, is one great way to learn some techniques. But if a pricey spa vacation isn’t looking promising in your short-term schedule, check out these easy relaxation methods, suggested by WebMd that you could try for free and at home!

In a distraction free and quiet space, you should get comfortable and begin releasing your worries and concerns. Understanding your own breathing patterns and improving them can help ease pain from chronic headaches and migraines that might be triggered or worsened by stress.

  • Slow down the rhythm of your breathing. Replace short shallow breaths with deep long ones, while focusing on how your body relaxes into the pattern.
  • Imagine tension flowing away and relaxation entering your body with each breath. Gradually inner calm builds while tension is released away.
  • Use background music to let your spirit soar and enhance the breathing exercise, without traveling with your migraine to Phoenix for an expensive spa retreat.
  • Target your breathing into and out of your belly button. This will help deepen the inhaling and exhaling.
  • Concentrate on gradually releasing tension from every muscle in your body. If your chronic headaches are tension type, relaxing the muscles in your head will begin easing pain.
  • Use your thoughts to guide the harmony between your body and mind with positive self-talk. You will replace your negative perceptions with conscious positive ones, such as “I am healthy, vital and strong.”

Sure, it’s wonderful if you are struggling with headaches or migraines in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tucson, to check into a spa and soothe your symptoms away. But saving all that money (and the cost of airfare if you don’t live in a spa city) should begin easing some stress. Then, try some of the free relaxation techniques above at home, and finally seek appropriate medical care. While mind and body therapies are beneficial for most everyone, there is no substitute for proper medical treatment for a chronic headache or migraine condition.

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