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HealthExtra: Gently head off migraine pain

An effective treatment for migraines may not come from your pharmacy, but from your yoga instructor. In a study reported in the journal Headache, researchers separated 72 adult migraine sufferers into two groups. One group received pain management education, avoided migraine triggers such as stress and overexertion and made diet and lifestyle changes. The other group received yoga therapy—which included gentle yoga postures, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation—five days a week, one hour a day, except on days they had a migraine or were recovering from one. After three months, the yoga group experienced an overall improvement in their migraines’ frequency and intensity. The comparison group, however, had either no change or their symptoms got worse.