The Mindbody
Migraine Guide

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Overview

It's time for migraine treatment to address the pain from every angle.

It is well documented that our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs have an enormous impact on our physical well-being. In other words - the mindbody connection is much more powerful than we could have imagined. According to the latest studies, letting go of past resentments can lower your blood pressure, writing about traumatic events can alleviate physical symptoms of chronic pain, and your personal beliefs about stress have a direct impact on your mortality (yes, you read that right).

Migraines are no exception to this phenomenon. There is clinical evidence that the degree of migraine disability is correlated with our attitudes and feelings about the migraines themselves. Feelings of fear and avoidance play a huge role as well, leading to increased migraine frequency and decreased quality of life for many migraine sufferers. All the while, attempts to find relief through medication prove to be largely futile for migraine sufferers: mainstream drugs offer no more relief than placebos, and medication overuse leads to increased frequency of migraine attacks.

Regardless of the impact that our emotions have on migraines, this is not a “chosen affliction” - it’s a direct result of the way the brain has wired itself over time. Initial attacks may result from any combination of environmental and genetic factors that cause the nervous system to become particularly sensitive to certain stimuli. There is substantial evidence that individuals who experience adverse childhood events (such as neglect, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse) are significantly more likely to develop migraine later in life. This suggests, at minimum, that our genes and nervous systems are stamping in a painful wiring pattern at a very young age. Over time, these patterns become ingrained in the nervous system as migraine attacks slowly rewire the brain to perpetuate this feeling of pain.

The good news? This neurological sensitization to pain can be undone, in whole or in part, through education and exercises that help the brain to let go of past stressors and learn new, less painful neurological patterns. The Curable program harnesses the benefits of multiple mindbody approaches that have been proven to reduce migraine frequency and intensity - like meditation, CBT, and mindfulness-based stress reduction - to help you find lasting, life-changing relief. But you don’t have to take our word for it… read on for incredible stories of recovery from chronic migraine using the Curable app and its unique mindbody approach.

"I don’t want to pretend that it will be a panacea for every chronic pain sufferer. It won’t. But I can tell you that in the two months since my wife started using [Curable], she has gone from 18-20 migraine days a month to one or two. Yes, you read that correctly."

Testimonials

The experience migraine sufferers are having with the Curable program...

" This app has been a game changer for my chronic migraines. I had tried chiropractor, acupuncture, organic diet, elimination diet, Ayurveda, Chinese, homeopathy, physical therapy, magnesium, supplements, yoga, meditation and a lot more. I cannot thank [Curable] enough!" - Rupa

"I have had an 85% reduction in migraine attacks since I started using the Curable app, and the trend looks like I may be pain free before too long. I've got my life back! My neurologist is thrilled and is recommending it to other patients. The neuroscience is easy to follow and makes a lot of sense, and the program is too." - Susan

" Curable has truly changed my life. Within two weeks of using the app, I was feeling a concrete difference in my relationship with my headaches. I felt a level of control and empowerment that I hadn't in years. Now less than two months into my journey, I am virtually headache free and enjoying things that I thought I never would be able to do again." - Allison

Recommended Podcast Episodes for Migraineurs

What a Pain In The Brain

"What does it matter what we think?" That's the question Dr. Tor Wager has spent years in the research lab trying to answer. Now, as Director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder, he uses brain imaging studies to understand the neural connection between our thoughts, feelings, and physical pain.

From Medical Mystery to MD

Before he was a doctor, John Stracks was the medical mystery no one could figure out. After finding a surprising cure, he dedicated his career to helping others with the same methods. In this episode, one of Dr. Stracks's migraine patients interviews him about their journeys to recovery.

Recovery Stories

Hear the full story from these migraineurs in remission, and learn how they did it.


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