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Meditation-Based Treatment Yielding Immediate Relief for Meditation-Naive Migraineurs

Makenzie E. Tonelli, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Amy B. Wachholtz, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Citation: Tonelli, M. & Wachholtz, A. Meditation-Based Treatment Yielding Immediate Relief for Meditation-Naive Migraineurs. Pain Management Nursing. Available online 20 June 2012. DOI 10.1016/j.pmn.2012.04.002

Abstract

Meditation is gaining popularity as an effective means of managing and attenuating pain and has been particularly effective for migraines. Meditation additionally addresses the negative emotional states known to exist with migraines. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of meditation as an immediate intervention for reducing migraine pain as well as alleviating emotional tension, examined herein as a negative affect hypothesized to be correlated with pain. Twenty-seven migraineurs, with two to ten migraines per month, reported migraine-related pain and emotional tension ratings on a Likert scale (ranging from 0 to 10) before and after exposure to a brief meditation-based treatment. All participants were meditation- naïve, and attended one 20-minute guided meditation session based on the Buddhist “loving kindness” approach. After the session, participants reported a 33% decrease in pain and a 43% decrease in emotional tension. The data suggest that a single exposure to a brief meditative technique can significantly reduce pain and tension, as well as offer several clinical implications. It can be concluded that single exposure to a meditative technique can significantly reduce pain and tension. The effectiveness and immediacy of this intervention offers several implications for nurses.

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Makenzie E. Tonelli and Amy B. Wachholtz. "Meditation-Based Treatment Yielding Immediate Relief for Meditation-Naive Migraineurs" Pain Management Nursing (2012).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amy_wachholtz/23