About the ProMigraine Program
Hi, I’m Niamh Flynn, the developer of the ProMigraine Program and I am so excited to share it with you.
Niamh Flynn- MBA MMEDSCI BA CI DHP
Creator of the ProMigraine Program
After four long years at university doing research it is fantastic to be able to share this new product with you.
Before heading back to college and indeed while I was at college I worked as a sport psychologist and found that quite a few of the athletes who were attending for consultations were coming in for consultations suffered with migraines. As you can imagine this affected their sport pretty badly! The different personalities, their life stories and challenges allowed me to gain an incredible insight into the type of challenges faced by people who suffer with chronic pain. During TEN Years of Experience of Working With Hypnosis for every type of issue ranging from anxiety, weight loss and chronic pain the positive, rapid results I saw were startling but I did not really understand the biology or the psychoneuroimmunology of hypnosis well enough to satisfy my curiosity. Cue the PhD! Of course peoples’ lives and circumstances vary but over time several shared, similar emotions afflicting people with chronic pain became clear. Migraine is just one of those areas of chronic pain which stimulated my interest. Through the accumulation of my work with the athletes and then returning to college where I found myself disecting the science behind hypnosis and migraines it was super to hear back from those on the trial about how much their lives had improved.
As well as being a sport psychologist I am a certified instructor (CI) for hypnotherapy with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). and it has been a very interesting journey so far.
The Science Behind the Program
As part of my PhD research I have come to understand even more about the physiology and the psychology of migraines and this helped enormously when writing and creating this effective mp3 programme specifically for people who suffer with migraines. There is sufficient evidence to show that in many instances hypnosis is more effective than medication and other therapies. The proof that hypnosis works to eliminate or reduce the frequency or intensity of migraines is backed up by science. There are masses of studies including the study described above and the study to your left of the screen to back up the anecdotal testimonials that HYPNOSIS WORKS. See the study by Anderson et al., (1975) below which examined whether hypnosis could reduce medication usage and migraine duration in a treatment programme which consisted of just six sessions.
Hammond, Olness, MacDonald and Uden (1987) assessed the impact of a self-hypnosis intervention on a population of children aged between 6 and 12 years over a 12 week treatment period. At the end of year one the mean number of migraines per child in the placebo group was 13.3, in the mediation treatment group it was 14.9 and in the hypnosis group it was 5.8
Do you have Migraines?
Do you suffer with migraines or do you know someone who does? If you are unsure keep reading. If any of the symptoms register with you it is advisable to speak with your GP or Neurologist and they will be able to give you a diagnosis. From time to time I will update this page with more information about migraines and you can check out our blog as well for some information which may be helpful and relevant to you. Are you one of the 13-18% of women or 5-10% of men who suffers regularly with migraines? As a migraine sufferer are you…
- Fed up with being confined to bed in a darkened room for hours or days at a time?
- Irritated by the inability to work because of the excruciating pain of your migraine?
- Frustrated by the unpredictability of when a migraine attack will occur?
- Sick of having to remember to take prophylactic medication everywhere with you?
- Agitated by the time wasted on migraines when you could be out enjoying life instead?
- Exasperated by deteriorating energy levels before, during and after a migraine attack?
Maybe the following are familiar to you too?
- An immediate and urgent need to find a darkened room where you can lie down flat on the ground or on a bed until the migraine pain subsides.
- A sudden need to drop everything you are doing so you can find a quiet place to rest..
- A pulsating feeling in your head which is all encompassing..
- The sudden onset of nausea prior to excruciating head pain..
- Visual hallucinations of flickering patters such as spots in front of your eyes…
- A blinding brightness which reduces you to wanting to close your eyes shut for the longest time….
- Tactile sensations which feel like odd sensitivities in your hands and mouth for example..
- Vertigo or vomiting prior to a migraine attack
Below is the International Headache Society Critera for Migraines If you do suffer from migraine there will be no doubt in your mind that it is very different from a headache. Officially, what distinguishes migraine from other headaches is that
- The duration is of between 4 and 72 hours
- It is of a pulsating quality
- Physical activity aggravates the pain
- It is of moderate to severe intensity
(Society, I.H. 2011) Migraines and Aura The programme includes a unique, special, specific recording, Bonus CD1 for those who experience the disorientation which accompanies classic migraines. It is designed to reduce the frequency of the confusing auras which sometimes precede a full blown migraine attack. If you are one of those people who suffers with classic migraine then the following may be familiar.. Before experiencing the pain of a fully fledged migraine do you become…
- Rattled by tiny noises which suddenly transform into the loudest, most painful sounds ever?
- Disoriented by blurred vision?
- Find normal odours which are usually tolerable suddenly become a highly offensive smell?
- Intolerant of even the smallest of requests?
One study by Anderson, Basker and Dalton (1975), compared an hypnotic intervention with medication treatment and conducted a one year follow up post a six session treatment intervention. They found that the number of patients in the hypnosis group (there were 23 in this group) who experienced a complete remission from migraines during the previous three months was 43.5% (10 patients), compared with 12.5% (3 of the patients) from the medication group.
Theoretical Causes of Migraines We don’t fully understand what causes migraines. There are several theories however. These include a vascular theory which suggests that migraines are due to changes in the vascular system. Then, there is the neurological theory which posits that migraines are caused by changes in the neurological system. Another theory is based on a serotonin hypothesis and the Triptans which are sometimes prescribed for migraines at the current time act as serotonin agonists on the receptors in the cranial blood vessels in the brain. Make sure to check out our blog page for more information that may be of help.
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