Differential Effects of Training in Relaxation and Stress-Coping in Patients with Migraine
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 26, Issue 9, pages 473–481, October 1986
How to Cite
Sorbi, M. and Tellegen, B. (1986), Differential Effects of Training in Relaxation and Stress-Coping in Patients with Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 26: 473–481. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1986.hed2609473.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for publication: July 10, 1986.
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The effects of a psychophysiological treatment (relaxation training) and a psychological treatment(stress-coping training) were tested in 29 patients suffering from migraine.There were significant pre-post reductions in migraine variables and drug consumption. The effects didnot differ between the types of training, and remained stable for a medium-term follow-up of 8 months. Wethink, however, that stress-coping training may in course of time be superior in maintaining training gains.Although this assumption cannot yet be tested for longer follow-up periods, there was a non-significanttrend for stress-coping training to be more effective in migraine 8 months after training.There were different effects on social behavior: patients receiving relaxation training became moresocially withdrawn, while patients who underwent stress-coping training increased their socialassertiveness. Furthermore, according to the participants, relaxation training had a stronger impact onmigraine, whereas stress-coping training was more directed at migraine-related stress. However, pre-postcomparisons of the patients' coping with stress for the most part did not reveal significantly differenteffects between the two types of training.