A new ‘pilot’ study, using a small sample group does suggest that meditation and yoga can provide relief of frequency and severity of migraines.The study was designed to assess the safety, feasibility and effects of a standardized meditation and yoga intervention called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in adults with migraines.
Nineteen adults were randomly assigned to two groups with 10 receiving the MBSR intervention and nine receiving standard medical care, so the groups were small. Certainly most of us health professionals agree that stress management is an important part of migraine prevention.
The study lead author said that:”Based on these findings, the research team concluded that MBSR is a safe and feasible therapy for adults with migraines. Although the sample size of this pilot study was too small to detect statistically significant changes in migraine frequency or severity, secondary outcomes demonstrated this intervention had a beneficial effect on headache duration, disability, self-efficacy and mindfulness.
Future studies with larger sample sizes are planned to further evaluate the impact and mechanisms of this intervention in adults with migraines, study coordinator: Wells said”
The study was coordinated by: Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study published in the online edition of the journal Headache.