Migraine and Stress
Migraine and Stress

When you speak to somebody that suffers with a migraine they say that her vision turn into a kaleidoscope and they feel sick, that’s not to mention feeling like their head is going to split in half. It might seem like an overreaction to walk into a room and see someone laying there in pitch black, for hours. But it really isn’t. It’s estimated that 6,000,000 people in the UK suffer with migraines.

What is a Migraine?

We are aware that a lot of people who don’t suffer with migraines think they’re just glorified headaches. Not that there’s anything glorious about you feeling like your head is constantly throbbing but you know what I mean. This assumption from non-sufferers couldn’t be further from the truth. A migraine is a recurring throbbing headache that usually affects one side of the head, and is accompanied by nausea, and visual disturbances. If you’re waking up with a bit of a sore head, while unpleasant, it’s not the same thing.
Many healthcare professionals take migraines seriously as it is a rising problem, and although it doesn’t seem like it, suffering with regular migraines can be debilitating, as all you want to do is close your eyes until it’s over.

Migraine and Stress

Stress isn’t the only cause of a migraine but it can be a trigger and relaxation following a period of high stress has also been identified as a possible migraine trigger.
The Migraine Trust reports that: Migraine and stress are strongly linked. Indeed, anxiety, excitement and any form of tension and shock may all lead to a migraine attack. However, some people report that their migraine attacks start when the stress reduces. This is sometimes experienced as “weekend headaches” when, after a busy and stressful week at work, an individual might experience a migraine at the weekend when they are more relaxed.

How can we reduce stress?

The key here is to cope and prevent our stress levels rising but how can we do this? It is important to identify stressors in your life, learning ways to reduce stress, and managing stress. Stress can be caused by anything that requires you to adjust to a change in your environment. Your body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.
Some people may not be aware when they are stressed, here are some common signs to look out for.

  • Anger
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mood swings
  • Sadness
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Weight gain or loss

How can The Norfolk Clinic


As mentioned above, Migraines, like a lot of aches and pains, can actually be brought on by stress. Relaxation is key in day-to-day life, and that’s why we offer a range of massage treatments. Take for example the holistic massage. Designed to connect mind, body, and soul, this massage works on the soft tissue, and is extremely effective in repairing any lesions or other small damages.


Hypnotherapy, firstly in managing stress and improving the potential for better sleep. As we know stress and poor sleep are powerful triggers for migraines and so managing and improving these is crucial. Secondly, hypnotherapy can help someone to manage and reduce the suffering of headache pain, which can feel overwhelming. The focus is on practical steps for reducing the total number of migraines, and of how to better cope during a migraine attack.

Hypnotherapy (to improve sleep habits and manage stress) has been shown to support the reduction of migraine attacks and also reduce the perception of pain and increasing someone’s feelings of ‘being more in control’ and to have less anxiety.

Mindfulness meditation and breathing awareness techniques are also thought to be helpful in preventing a build-up of stress and in managing migraine too.

For more information or to book an appointment with one of our trained therapists on 01602 660792.