Migraine Hypnosis

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 10:44am

A hypnotist helped a migraine sufferer find relief.

Artist Ami Badami makes a living painting beauty and serenity but she says there's nothing pretty about her migraines.

Hypnosis is helping Badami control her pain and she says no one is more surprised than she is.

Her friend, hypnotist Bryan Toder convinced her to give it a try.

Toder insists headache sufferers see a medical doctor first.

He starts with a session of classic hypnosis, sending clients home with a relaxation CD.

Listening to a relaxation tape also helps keep Badami's headaches in check.

Neurologist Stephen Silberstein is arguably one of the top headache specialists in the country.

"We don't have good scientific evidence that hypnosis per se works," said Silberstein. "But we have good scientific evidence that other techniques similar to hypnosis work in preventing migraine."

Like biofeedback, a technique where people are trained to control involuntary body functions with the use of electrical sensors.

"During hypnosis progressive relaxation if you will, that's the same technique that we use in biofeedback," said Silberstein. "So I believe if somebody has bad migraines, these techniques may work for them. The only problem is with hypnosis is it requires a hypnotist. Whereas some of these other techniques you can be taught and learn self mastering."

"I don't want them coming to me for the rest of their lives," said Toder. "I want them to be self reliant."

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