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Autogenic Training for Migraine

Autogenic Training is a relaxation technique that is a combination of guided imagery, meditation, and biofeedback. The ultimate goal of this therapy is to regulate the body's blood flow and bring it back to a normalized rate. Because migraines are triggered by irregular blood flow, improved circulation will lessen the pain. Practicing autogenic training on a routine schedule can serve to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

Example of an autogenic exercise for migraine headaches:

Lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and attempt to shut out all other thoughts, especially those of your headache. Since autogenics relies on getting a message to your unconscious mind, it is extremely important to concentrate on clearing the lines of communication to your unconscious mind. Next recite the following six lines over and over in a slightly audible tone:

  1. My arms and legs are heavy.
  2. My arms and legs are warm.
  3. My heartbeat is calm and regular.
  4. My breathing is calm and regular.
  5. My abdomen is warm.
  6. My forehead is cool.

By reciting these lines repeatedly, you can redirect the blood flow away from your forehead because you have convinced your mind that your forehead is "cool" and requires only a normalized flow of blood. This change in circulation can reduce the pain of a migraine.

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