Migraine: Hypnose als behandeling

Curtains closed, children on their toes, everything quiet and getting furious at that one bird in the neighborhood that keeps chirping. A migraine attack is no fun. Fortunately, you can treat migraines with hypnosis.

A migraine is a neurological problem whose most obvious symptom is a headache. Another symptom can be an aura or dizziness.

Most people lie down to get rid of their migraine or take pain medication, but if you suffer from migraines very often, this is sometimes just not possible. After all, you still want to function in life.

Mental techniques that help against migraines

Fortunately, there are other techniques that can help reduce migraines in the short and long term.

Research shows that hypnosis alone and hypnosis combined with visualizations, relaxation, and pain displacement techniques help with migraines [1] .

Hypnosis combined with mindfulness also helps to accept more pain, suffer less often from migraines and make migraines less intense [2] .

Children who suffer from migraines also benefit from hypnosis combined with biofeedback (relaxation therapy) to combat migraines [3] .

A number of things are common in all these techniques, namely the hypnotic state, awareness of feelings, relaxation, visualizations and pain displacement techniques.


The simplest technique is actually mindfulness. With mindfulness you control your feelings and thoughts. This allows you to become aware of moments when your thoughts create tension in your body.

Unfortunately, in the case of a migraine, this type of tension can create a vicious circle, causing the migraine attack to continue for longer than necessary.

With mindfulness, after noticing your thoughts and how your body feels, you can consciously do something to change this. To break through and transform a train of thought that is getting out of hand.

However, this transformation is not always as easy said as done and that is where hypnosis can help you.


Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness than normal. You can recognize it by a deep relaxation and deep focus on something. Everyone has been in hypnosis in daily life. For example, when you watch a movie that lasts three hours, but you feel like it only lasted 1 hour. Then you were hypnotized by the movie.

Or that feeling while driving that you suddenly “wake up”, while you were awake the whole time, and you wonder how you survived the last fifteen minutes. Then you had entered the hypnotic state by driving and were actually very focused on driving.

Actually super safe.

This state can be consciously called up and then you can also focus on the voice of a therapist. In this state you can accept suggestions more quickly and find solutions to problems you have more easily.

A hypnotherapist can help you shift your focus. Chances are that if you regularly suffer from migraines, you know exactly what it costs you. Then your focus is on all the negative aspects.

A therapist who knows hypnosis techniques can help you shift your focus to what is going well. So that you can enjoy the moments when you are free of complaints. Instead of being afraid of “when” the next attack will occur.


When you are in hypnosis, a therapist can help you relax. This can be done by helping you notice tension in your body and consciously relax your muscles.

In addition, a hypnotherapist, or an audio recording of a hypnotherapist, can help you relax through a guided visualization.

This guidance helps you to imagine a place where you feel completely safe and relaxed. This can be a place in your imagination, or a place where you have actually been in your life. As long as it is a place where you feel good.

By stimulating your imagination to imagine something sensually, such as the warmth of the sun on your skin, the smell of blossoms, the sound of the wind blowing past your ear or other pleasant relaxing sounds, you are stimulated to relax very deeply.


A visualization can also go much further than that to help you relax. Certain emotions can cause tension in your body, for example. Then you can also play with colors that symbolize the stressful emotions and colors that stand for relaxation or other good feelings.

For example, you can imagine how the good color fills your body and causes the bad color to be “washed away.”

These types of visualizations help you relax and can even be used to “wash away” pain.

Pain Displacement Technique

While we are on the subject of visualizations in relation to pain. If someone can influence the perception of pain, and with hypnosis this often works very well, you can also use techniques to move the pain in your body.

Headaches are usually particularly annoying because they are pain in the head, but that pain is much less annoying if it moves to your shoulder. Certain suggestions can help you move the pain of a migraine from behind your eye, to your neck, to your shoulder, to the back of your upper arm, to the back of your forearm, to the ball of your hand, and from there, pass it out into the air.

This may sound a little crazy when you read it like this, but these types of pain displacement techniques can help people to experience more control over their pain and to be less bothered by it.

Help stop migraines

Do you regularly suffer from migraines and does medication no longer have the desired effect, or do you want to use less or no medication at all? At Hypnolab we use the above techniques, and more, to help you to suffer less from migraines.

Click here for more information about our approach.


Anneke and Menno.

[1]  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00207144.2018.1494432

[2]  https://www.mdpi.com/2075-1729/13/1/131

[3]  https://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/abstract/1981/12000/self_hypnosis_and_biofeedback_in_the_management_of.12.aspx

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