Does Yoga Really Prevent Migraines?

Yes it does!  In a study published in Headache, seventy-two patients were randomly assigned to two control groups for 3 months. One group participated in Yoga 5 days a week for 60 minutes and the other group was in a self-care group, in which they attend once educational session a month about migraines and lifestyle preventions.  After the 3 month study, the participants in the Yoga group found significant improvement in frequency, intensity, response to medications and psychological parameters.

Yoga incorporates relaxing, low-impact physical exercise with breathing techniques.

Yoga can also help with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep, appetite, other co-morbidities and general well-being.

You can do Yoga at home, watch a Yoga video or attend a local Yoga class taught by a trained instructor.  

We also suggest Pilates as a similar activity to Yoga.

For additional reading review Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy in the Treatment of Migraine without Aura: A Randomized Control Trial by John et al., published in 2007 and found Headache, Volume 47, Number 5, May 2007.

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