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Yoga Intervention Study on Episodic Tension Type Headache

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
NMP Medical Research Institute Identifier:
First received: December 6, 2011
Last updated: December 7, 2011
Last verified: December 2011
The present study was designed to evaluate effect of yoga intervention on patients having frequent tension type headache.

Condition Intervention Phase
Episodic Tension Type Headache Behavioral: Yoga Therapy Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Yoga Intervention on Episodic Tension Type Headache: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by NMP Medical Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequency of headache [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of Headache [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Severity of headache [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]
  • Analgesic consumption [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]
  • Anxiety levels [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Depression [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Stress [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 77
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2006
Primary Completion Date: February 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Wait-list control group
The wait-list control group received no intervention, or instruction and they were observed with their usual care for 12-weeks intervention period. Upon completion of the study, this group received 12 weeks of yoga intervention.
Experimental: Yoga Intervention Group
The yoga sessions developed specifically for study participant consisted of 12 weekly 60-minute designed to benefit in episodic tension type headache.
Behavioral: Yoga Therapy
Therapeutically oriented style of yoga originated from Pancha Kosha philosophy of Vedanta was used throughout the trial. All the sessions emphasized on postures, breathing practices with the specific focus on relaxation, combination of chants and meditation. Once a week, Kunjal and Jalaneti (cleansing practices) were practiced in guidance of therapist. They all were instructed to eat light and rest on Kriya days.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • aged between 18 to 60 years
  • more than 5 but fewer than 15 headache episodes per month
  • headache intensity moderate to severe

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients on anti-psychotic, antidepressant or any prophylactic medication
  • pregnancy
  • Taking psychotherapy or any other alternative medicine
  • migraine headache more than 1 day a month
  • pain disorder, psychiatric or medical disorder requiring immediate treatment,
  • headache due to sinusitis, eyestrain, cervical spondylosis and posttraumatic headaches
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01488825

Pain Clinic, NMP Medical Research Institute
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 302019
Sponsors and Collaborators
NMP Medical Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Neha SHARMA, PhD NMP Medical Research Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: NMP Medical Research Institute Identifier: NCT01488825     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NMP-0090-YR
Study First Received: December 6, 2011
Last Updated: December 7, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tension-Type Headache
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017