Yoga Poses for Headaches
Ease stress, muscle tension and headache pain with these simple yoga moves.
Feel a headache coming on? It may be time to unroll your yoga mat.
Research consistently shows that yoga can help give headache and migraine sufferers some extra relief, making it a great supplement to their pain-fighting arsenal.1 For instance, in a recent study of migraine sufferers, those who added a five-day-a-week yoga practice to their migraine management plan felt more relief than those who stuck to conventional care. They also demonstrated decreased levels of physiological stress.1
After all, stress is a major contributor to both headache and migraine pain. According to the National Headache Foundation, tension-type headaches are the most common forms of headaches, typically associated with tightening of the muscles in the back of the neck and scalp.2 Meanwhile, migraine attacks often accompany times of stress.3 A single yoga session can sometimes be all it takes to reduce levels of stress.4 Because of this, yoga for headaches make a lot of sense!
“For most of us, there is just too much going on at once and our system, our body, and our mind get overwhelmed. It puts our nervous system on alert,” says certified yoga instructor Kelly Moore, co-founder of Mindfuel Wellness, which brings health and wellness initiatives to companies throughout Chicago. “Yoga is a great practice to reduce stress and relieve tension in the body, thereby relieving headaches.”
1. Kisan, Ravikiran, MU Sujan, Meghana Adoor, Raghavendra Rao, A. Nalini, Bindu M. Kutty, BT Chindanda Murthy, TR Raju, and TN Sathyaprabha. "Effect of Yoga on Migraine: A Comprehensive Study Using Clinical Profile and Cardiac Autonomic Functions." International Journal of Yoga. Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 2014. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4097897/.
2. "Tension-Type Headache | National Headache Foundation." National Headache Foundation. N.p., 25 Oct. 2007. Web. http://www.headaches.org/2007/10/25/tension-type-headache/.
3. "Common Triggers - The Migraine Trust." The Migraine Trust. N.p., n.d. Web. https://www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/trigger-factors/common-triggers/.
4. Huang, Fu-Jung, Ding-Kuo Chien, and Ue-Lin Chung. "Effects of Hatha Yoga on Stress in Middle-Aged Women : Journal of Nursing Research." LWW. N.p., n.d. Web. http://journals.lww.com/jnr-twna/Abstract/2013/03000/Effects_of_Hatha_Yoga_on_Stress_in_Middle_Aged.9.aspx.