Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Benign Headache
Subjects with chronic migraine or tension headaches will receive 12 sessions of biofeedback or relaxation training after fulfilling screening, intake interviews, & psychological testing requirements. They will chart headache pain, anger level, & medication usage throughout baseline, treatment, and 3 month follow-up periods.
Migraine sufferers will receive a combination of progressive muscle relaxation training and thermal biofeedback (learning to warm hands). Subjects are randomly assigned to receive treatment either in the office with the therapist or from another room (where communication will be over a computer). The research is designed to compare the effectiveness of treatment based on location.
Tension headache sufferers will receive training in how to reduce their muscle tension levels. They will be randomly assigned to have equipment monitor muscle tension levels either in the forehead or shoulder regions. The research is designed to compare the effectiveness of feedback to the forehead versus the shoulder muscles.
Behavioral: Relaxation training & thermal biofeedback
Behavioral: Surface EMG biofeedback
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Benign Headache|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00018811
|United States, Georgia|
|Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center|
|Augusta, Georgia, United States, 30904-6285|