Migraine sufferers will no doubt know how severe they can be - often judged as "a bad headache" - they can be severely debilitating.

It is important to know that migraines and headaches are not the same thing. Generally a migraine has a number of stages to it, firstly, you may experience a change in mood, or even a  funny taste in the mouth accompanied by tiredness. You are likely to experience the aura which is a kind of visual disturbance where you may have trouble seeing clearly, or you may see flashing lights. Once the headache starts, the pain is usually so severe that you feel nauseated or actually vomit.

During a migraine you may become sensitive to light or to sound. Often you will want to lie down for several hours in a darkened room, many people see this as the best way to overcome a migraine. After it has passed, you will usually feel very tired wanting to sleep and may have lingering feelings of nausea. It appears that when a migraine occurs, the blood vessels in the head dilate and very often the area can feel hot. At the same time, the hands can feel very cold. Headaches are not accompanied by the aura or nausea but may also interfere with the quality of your life.


Whilst migraines and headaches are not the same, they can have similar triggers. Not surprisingly, both can be triggered by stress and tension and we often refer to tension headaches. Foods can also instigate them. Chocolate, cheese and red wine are known to be common causes of both migraines and headaches but indeed any food can do it. If you suspect food might be implicated, keeping a food diary can help you identify it. In some women, the onset of migraine or headache is linked to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle.

How we can help

If migraines are intruding on your life and preventing you from doing the things you would like then a course of hypnotherapy can benefit you greatly. Depending on your situation we will offer you a course of suggestion therapy or hypnoanalysis. If we discover that there are bottled up emotions involved in your panic attacks, then the root issues can be tackled with hypnoanalysis. Some people can benefit directly with suggestion therapy (clinical hypnosis), but if we find the problems are more deep rooted from your past, then these are tackled with the hypnoanalysis.

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Contact us at HMC if you wish to find out more about our services and see how we can help you.