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Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 135–152 | Cite as

Biofeedback applications to migraine and tension headaches: A double-blinded outcome study

  • Edward J. Daly
  • Patsy A. Donn
  • Marjorie J. Galliher
  • Jay S. Zimmerman
Original Articles

Abstract

The efficacy of progressive relaxation, fingertip temperature training, and EMG training of the frontalis muscles was tested against chronic migraine and tension headaches in a double-blinded 3×2 design. All 56 subjects reported being conditioned in the course of the nine 1/2-hour training sessions. Detailed records of perceived severity and duration of the headaches were maintained by the subjects before the study and for at least 3 months after the training period. While even a conservativeF revealed a diminution of perceived severity, of hours/month of headache, and of an index conceived by Budzynski, Stoyva, Adler, and Mullaney (1973), across time, at beyond the .05 level of significance, no specific treatment emerged as clearly most effective for either type of headache. Over time, however, progressive relaxation was not as good as the other procedures in reducing the number of hours/month of headache.

Keywords

Migraine Health Psychology Training Session Specific Treatment Training Period 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Daly
    • 1
  • Patsy A. Donn
    • 1
  • Marjorie J. Galliher
    • 1
  • Jay S. Zimmerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Student AffairsBall State UniversityMuncie

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