Tension headaches/ migraines

images (20)Pain is a warning system that protects us from damage, further damage. Pain experience is subjective and have two components:

Sensory: provides information of the location of the pain and quality, e.g. stabbing, aching…

Affective: subjective experience of the pain, how much it bothers. It bothers more after exercise. Psychological factors can influence how we experience pain such as fear, tension, interpretation, anticipation Possible Solutions with Hypnotherapy uses different methods to alter the cognitive factors can alter the person’s experience of pain and can help with pain control. Research has shown that hypnotic pain control is not a placebo effect, but has a neurological action that explains its effectiveness.

Types of headaches:

Tension: caused by the involuntary sustained contraction of the muscles surrounding the skull and face, prolonged mental concentration, stress can bring it on.

Symptoms: pain at the back of the head and upper neck, forehead, around eyes, pain steady can last for hours or days. May cause fatigue or mild depression. It is not uncommon to have them after stress relieved.

Migraine: Cause still not fully know but seems to be related to exaggerated fluctuations in the size of blood vessels to the brain and its surrounding structures. A period of narrowing causes decreased blood flow, followed by a period of dilation during which the onrushing blood stretches pain sensitive tissue.

Symptoms: There may be signs of coming on such as blurring, distortion of vision, tingling in arms face. 30-60 min later headache usually on one side but can be generalised. Pain pounding becoming worse with movement, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, can last for hours or days.

Cluster headache: Intense painful rare form of headache affects smokers and alcoholics in particular, often misdiagnosed.

Symptoms:  severe intense pain, continuous centred around the eye, same side of the face or forehead and temple. Eye may become swollen, red and weepy, running or blocked notes is not uncommon. Unable to sit still. Attacks last from a few minutes to several hours and clusters of up to 8 per day. These clusters can last for up to 6-8 weeks.

Possible Solution with Hypnotherapy can help to cope with the sensation of the pain and reduce anxiety provoking situations by finding the triggers.