How Meditation Helps Relieve Headaches & Migraines
People who practice meditation reap many great benefits, including the alleviation of so many mental, emotional, and physical problems.
Specific to physical health, meditation is widely acclaimed for strengthening the immune system, lessening sickness frequency, and promoting faster healing. However, not everyone knows that it can also readily alleviate chronic conditions — especially headaches and migraines. Here are four important things to understand:
#1 — Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce headaches.
This understanding is backed up by the research of Herbert Benson (M.D.), Helen P. Klemchuck (A.B.) and John R Graham (M.D.) who found that regularly practicing meditation can reduce headache incidents by at least 37%, and that certain forms of meditation have been shown to completely eliminate headaches in some individuals over the long term. Another example of cold hard science confirming age old meditation wisdom.
#2 — Muscle tension & subconscious clenching cause headaches, meditation fixes both.
Headaches are often caused by bodily tension, especially when that tension is held in the face, jaw, and neck. Meditation is the very best way to relax your whole body, from the tip of your toes to the top of your head. And so, as you sink deeper and deeper into a meditative trance, you naturally release all headache causing culprits. By no longer subconsciously tensing up over every thought (which is one key benefit that lasts long after each meditation session), you reduce the chances of developing a headache, while increasing the chance of being able to eliminate a headache quickly should it develop.
#3 — Natural solutions, like meditation, are best in the short and long term.
Especially in recent years, society has trended toward seeking out natural relief over popping a pill. For people who regularly suffer from headaches & migraines, anything that helps can seem like a miracle, and the fact that meditation is such a simple and easy natural headache cure makes it that much better.
#4 — Mind mastery is where the meditative journey leads.
Meditation allows you to let go of all toxic mental conditions, moving into the present moment, finding that calm and quiet space within where there is nothing to worry about. This is where mind masters (long time meditators) spend their time. When free of anxiety, depression, worry, & other headache causing emotions, you become free to live your life, fulfilling much greater levels of your potential.