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Migraines and The Mind-Body Connection

Many physical functions are adversely affected by stress and anxiety.

​The physical impact of emotional stress is something that most people don’t often think about, but it has a tremendous impact on migraine and overall health. When you are in a stressful situation, the blood vessels in the brain and muscles dilate and the heart rate and blood pressure rise to increasing your oxygen supply.

“Depression affects almost 80% of migraine sufferers at one time or another. People with migraine, especially chronic migraine, also are more likely to experience intense anxiety and to have suicidal tendencies. If we want to live happy and joyful lives with migraine, it is vital that we acknowledge and deal with the emotional realities of the disease.”
― Sarah Hackley,

Migraines occur in people whose nervous system is more sensitive than that of other people. In these people, nerve cells in the brain are easily stimulated, producing electrical activity. As electrical activity spreads over the brain, various functions, such as vision, sensation, balance, muscle coordination, and speech, are temporarily disturbed. These disturbances cause the symptoms that occur before the headache (called the aura). About 25% of people experience an aura.

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