5 Apps to Help You Get Through a Migraine Day

Mobile technology aids for better sleep, acupressure, and meditation

There’s no doubt that living with chronic daily migraine is tough. Luckily, you are not alone. Millions of sufferers are right there with you, learning about the latest medications and therapies to help relieve pain and manage their day when migraine strikes. And as mobile, “mHealth” digital technology makes a bigger push into the healthcare space, many migraineurs are now turning to their smartphones for help as well.

Amidst the thousands of apps available, a few have been specifically designed with the migraine sufferer in mind and aim to provide complementary treatment to traditional approaches. Below are just a few apps that may help you manage a migraine day.

Migraine Buddy

Migraine Buddy includes a 48-hour pressure forecast based on your location to help you plan for any barometric headache attacks; records your sleep to help you identify your resting patterns with the onset of attacks (this may help with your migraine symptom diary); customizable migraine attack recordings; access to news and insights about migraine; and diary exports for your doctors and specialists that you can take with you to the office.

Price: Free with in-app purchases


Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds (Ipnos Software, Quebec)

If your migraine is preventing you from sleeping, the Relax Melodies app may be a good fit. With more than 100 relaxing and white noise sounds to choose from, you can mix and match your choices and adjust each one’s volume to create a single, cohesive playlist. You can also grab some of the best community-made melodies to your app. Weekly programs are available through the app with topics on how to get a deeper sleep, manage stress and anxiety, and other helpful advice. Plus, you can track your brainwaves to reach specific states of sleep and integrate “mindful minutes” through the Health app featured on iPhone devices.

Price: Free

Acupressure: Heal Yourself (Alexander Mokrushin [AM Mobile])

When a migraine attacks, you may find yourself rubbing your head, trying to find the best spot to massage the pain away. Stop guessing and start focusing on pressure points using this acupressure app. Pressure points are a great way to release nerve endings and ease the tension that migraine sufferers know all too well. This easy-to-use app features instructions on over 90 point massages and can be used completely offline. For pain in other areas, such as the hands, neck, and feet, this app also provides feedback.

Price: $1.99

Migraine Relief Hypnosis (Surf City Apps)

A meditative, hypnosis guide, this mind-training app is specifically designed for migraine sufferers to soothe the discomfort associated with migraine pain. Daily audio sessions aim to reset one’s body and relax the mind over a period of weeks. Other features include peaceful background music and volume control, looping capabilities, brainwave and mindful minute tracking, and Apple Watch integration. Walk your subconscious thoughts through this hypnosis app to prevent pain from interfering with work, school, sleep, and daily life.

Price: Free

Relax Lite: Stress and Anxiety Relief (Saagara, Ann Arbor, MI)

Another meditation-based app, Relax Lite features breathing exercises and other stress management tools to help increase your energy, stamina, and focus. If you’ve ever been curious about practicing deep breathing, this app can help build up your lung capacity and lead to the positive de-stressing health benefits that result from a quick, daily five-minute session. These guided courses walk you through different parts of your body with musical cues. In addition, various in-app purchases open you up to even more advanced breathing and meditation sessions, which can lower blood pressure and heart rate naturally, leading to reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and other help in pain and migraine management.

Price: Free


Other Options

FDA approved in 2019 Nerivio Migra, the first wearable app indicated for the relief of acute migraine pain with or without aura. Nerivio Migra is a smartphone-based electroceutical worn on the upper arm that utilizes electronic pulses to create a conditioned pain modulation (CPM) response. 

Read more of our articles on pain self-management to learn about other devices, wearables, and products to manage your chronic pain at-home or on the go.

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Updated on: 06/19/20
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