Yoga therapy may have an important role in regulated central versus peripheral mechanisms in expression of chronic headache, the study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences suggested.
Yoga, the ancient technique for harmonized external and internal body well beings, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been best known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.
According to the study to investigate the role of muscle spasm over activity in chronic tension type headache (CTTH) with 15 patients of CTTH and 7 age matched controls, randomized assigned to either yoga intervention or control, yoga group demonstrated a significant improvement in reduced overactivity of temporalis muscle in CTTH patients at rest in compared with control.
Furthermore, after examined the EMG records, researchers found that yoga group displays a strong improvement of subjective pain scores. and a substantial decrease in the mean electromyography (EMG) amplitude of temporalis muscle during rest and mental activity in compared to other applications such as non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, botulinum toxin injections.
EMG amplitude is medical technique used to evaluate details of the timing and magnitude of muscle activation as well as muscles in powering a variety of types of locomotion.
Truly, yoga breathing and relaxation reduced daily stress through calming the central nervous system by connecting the mind and body, restoring the endocrine system in hormone balancing.
The technique of practice also reduced production of stress hormone cortisol and brought back the present moment, while letting them go or dealing them in a profound way.
Further more, yoga postures and deep breathing ameliorated over expression of nerve neurons in transmitted information of sensation, stress, and suffering by strengthening the flow of energy, thus enhancing relaxation in response to pain through unraveling the mind-body samskaras.
Moreover, in a study of 50 patients (aged 18-58 years) in a clinical diagnosis of CCTH, divided in 2 groups,
* Group 1 (n=30) patients were received 8 lessons and practical demonstration of Brahmakumaris spiritual based meditation known as Rajyoga meditation for relaxation therapy, in addition to routine medical treatment (analgesics and muscle relaxants) and
* Group 2 (n=20) patients were received analgesics and muscle relaxants twice a day but no relaxation therapy in the form of meditation by the Dr. Kiran, and colleagues, to support of the effect of yoga therapy in reduced symptoms and pain in tension types of headache,
After 8 weeks follow up period, scientists showed that both therapies show a highly significant reduction in headache variables but yoga group expressed a highly significant relief of severity, duration & frequency of headache by 94%, 91% and 97% in compared to group 2 of 36%, 36% and 49% respectively.
The total headache relief according to headache index was 99% in yoga group in compared to only 51% in control group.
These results indicated that yoga intervention may have an acute effect in ameliorated pain in chronic tension headache.
More promisingly, in the study to provide preliminary data on the feasibility, acceptability, and safety of alignment-based yoga for youths with chronic headaches, researchers at the joint study lead by the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin found that yoga therapy may be considered pediatric headaches treatment, indicated by positive parent and participant ratings of the yoga experience.
In deed, some yoga instructors suggested that the alleviation of stress by yoga exercise in reduced insomnia and swelling and constriction of the blood vessels was a result of yoga in initiated deep sleep and reduced tension of the blood vessels in the face and neck.
Additionally, these results were also associated to yoga exercise effects in enhanced head muscles relaxation and revitalization and improved hypertension in blood circulation, particularly in people with chronic headache.
The findings suggested that yoga intervention may be used as an integrated form of exercise in provided relief in severity of headache, duration & frequency of chronic headache, particularly in tension types of headache.
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(1) Role of temporalis muscle over activity in chronic tension type headache: effect of yoga based management by Bhatia R1, Dureja GP, Tripathi M, Bhattacharjee M, Bijlani RL, Mathur R.(PubMed)
(2) Effect of rajyoga meditation on chronic tension headache by Kiran, Girgla KK, Chalana H, Singh H.(PubMed)
(3) A pilot study of yoga for chronic headaches in youth: promise amidst challenges by Hainsworth KR1, Salamon KS2, Khan KA3, Mascarenhas B4, Davies WH2, Weisman SJ3.(PubMed)
(4) Interpreting muscle function from EMG: lessons learned from direct measurements of muscle force byThomas J. Roberts1,* and Annette M. Gabaldón(PMC)