AUTOGENIC FEEDBACK TRAINING IN MIGRAINE: A TREATMENT REPORT

Authors

  • Paul S. Mitch M.D.,

  • Angele McGrady Ph.D.,

  • Anthony Iannone M.D.


  • Presented at the Sixth Annual Biofeedback Research Society Meeting, Monterey, California. February 3, 1975.

Abstract

SYNOPSIS

Twenty migraine patients were treated with a Biofeedback technique termed “Autogenic Feedback Training.” This involved offering patients a method by which they could raise their hand temperature using Autogenic Phrases combined with temperature feedback via an electronic thermometer. Headache duration, frequency, intensity and medication need were evaluated. Half the patients were evaluated six months after the end of treatment. The treatment period was compared with the prior six months. Patients with uncomplicated migraine were successful and those with mixed migraine and tension headaches were not. At follow-up improvement was maintained. Autogenic Feedback training is an effective technique for migraine but in presence of tension headache EMG feedback and/or counseling may also be necessary.

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