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A comment on Silver and Blanchard's (1978) review of the treatment of tension headaches via EMG feedback and relaxation training

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In response to an earlier review by Silver and Blanchard, caution is urged in reaching “premature” conclusions about the relative efficacy of biofeedback vs. relaxation training in the treatment of tension headaches. Additional points are raised concerning subject and procedural variables, data interpretation, and choice of dependent measures in assessing treatment outcome. The need for continued study of this question is emphasized.

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Belar, C.D. A comment on Silver and Blanchard's (1978) review of the treatment of tension headaches via EMG feedback and relaxation training. J Behav Med 2, 215–220 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00844919

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  • EMG feedback
  • relaxation training
  • tension headaches
  • treatment