Updated: Jan 24
Although most common in women, migraine headaches can affect people of any age, gender or background. They are often debilitating, causing the sufferer to be unable to go to work, take care of his or her daily responsibilities or even get out of bed during the attack. Although many different treatments exist for migraines, complete cures of this condition are rare. However, many migraine sufferers have reported an improvement in symptoms through Reiki.
Migraine attacks are typically characterized by extreme throbbing or pulsating pain in the head, usually concentrated on one side. Many people suffering from a migraine attack also experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. These attacks can last for hours or even days, leaving the individual virtually helpless. For many people, the only way to find relief is to lie quietly in a dark room until the attack passes.
Certain medications may reduce the frequency and/or severity of migraine attacks. In addition, doctors often encourage patients with a history of migraines to avoid triggers, which may include stress, certain smells, certain foods or other environmental factors. During a migraine, patients may be able to reduce the pain by taking a pain-relieving medication and trying to relax as much as possible.
How Reiki Helps
Reiki is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that may reduce the frequency of migraines, reduce the severity of migraines or alleviate pain during an active migraine attack. Some of the effects of Reiki that may benefit migraine sufferers include:
Reduction in feelings of stress.
Stress is a precursor to headaches for many people who suffer from migraines. Reducing stress as much as possible prevents stress-related migraines from occurring. Studies have shown that Reiki reduces stress and induces feelings of relaxation, which may be highly beneficial for individuals who are prone to migraines.
Less severe pain.
Studies have also shown that people with various painful conditions are likely to report feeling less pain after participating in Reiki sessions. Because pain is the defining characteristic of migraines, it stands to reason that reduced pain sensations would be beneficial for migraine sufferers.
Migraine headaches and depression often go hand-in-hand. Reiki may boost the mood of people who are prone to migraines, which may, in turn, reduce the likelihood of future migraine attacks.