Migraine affects more than 28 million Americans, and about 75% are women. Migraine is a vascular headache caused by the inflammation and irritation of the nerve endings resulting from the expansion of the blood vessels of the surface of the brain. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, mood changes, sensitivity to light and/or sound, tunnel vision or seeing spots, or dizziness. Pain may be felt on one or both sides of the head, at the back of the neck, around the eyes, on the face, or in the sinuses.
The pain can be severe and can debilitate you from four to 72 hours if untreated. The pain is often preceded by a sensory warning sign or an aura such as blind spots or flashes of light. A tingling in the arm or leg may also serve as warning. There is still no found cure for Migraine, however, medications can reduce the frequency of Migraine attacks and stop the pain.
Yoga is an activity that focuses on postures and breathing exercises. It is an excellent way to get rid of stress and also a great way to help you feel more relaxed and also keep you flexible. Out of those three advantages the one you want to focus on is stress, a common migraine trigger.
Many Migraineurs have problems with actually doing sport which is a great stress reliever but what most of those Migraineurs don't understand is that not all sport will trigger a migraine. Sports that are low impact and performed regularly will relieve stress where as sports that are strenuous will aggravate your trigger. This is why yoga is the perfect activity; it is low impact, relaxing and a great stress buster.
Just like any other fitness plan anyone would plan you will need to see your doctor before you start your yoga. If you do go about the yoga route you may prefer getting a private yoga instructor first. The reason for this is that some poses may increase the likelihood of you suffering from a headache. If you are considering going with an instructor find someone who is skilled and experienced, this way they will probably have had experience with Migraineurs in their past experience.
Tips & Warnings 1. Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine. 2. Avoid using any exercise positions that will cause you unnecessary pain.
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