One important treatment for migraine is preventive therapy. This can involve a number of different types of treatments, including oral medications, injections like botox or the new cGRP inhibitors, as well as neuromodulation techniques.
However, many people prefer not to take preventive therapy for a number of reasons, including side effects or difficulty with compliance. Even when taken correctly, a migraine preventive is considered successful if it reduces the frequency of migraine by 50%. This can mean some patients are still having significant migraines per month.
Complementary techniques including mindfulness, acupuncture and yoga have gained a lot of popularity in the last few years as being efficacious and a significant treatment modality as adjunct therapy for migraines.
Do you recommend mindfulness or other complementary techniques for migraine? What are your favorite resources to offer to patients?
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Mindfulness in Migraine. A narrative review
Rebecca Erwin Wells,* Elizabeth K. Seng, PhD, Robert R Edwards, Ph.D., David E Victorson, PhD, Charles R. Pierce, MS, Lauren Rosenberg, M.A., Vitaly Napadow, PhD, Director, and Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Director