An online hypnosis programme may be effective in reducing headache symptoms in migraine sufferers

In July 2019 researchers from Ireland published the results of their study to assess the effect of an online hypnosis programme for the treatment of migraines. A total of 43 individuals were involved in the study. The individuals were divided into two groups and received either hypnosis delivered by mp3s or assigned to a waiting list. Pain, headache disability, migraine frequency, duration, severity, and medication usage were assessed. Results showed that those who received the hypnosis pogramme experienced a 48% reduction in the average headache disability score whilst those on the waiting list only experienced a 2% reduction. In addition, there was a 60% reduction in the average pain score in the hypnosis group. However, there was no significant differences between the two groups in the proportion of individuals experiencing decreased frequency or severity of migraines, although a significant difference was seen in the change in migraine duration. The researchers therefore concluded that an online hypnosis programme was effective in reducing headache symptoms in migraine sufferers.

Flynn N. Effect of an Online Hypnosis Intervention in Reducing Migraine Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2019 Jul-Sep;67(3):313-335

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