Two Studies of the Potential Mechanisms of Action in the Thermal Biofeedback Treatment of Vascular Headache
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 169–176, March 1989
How to Cite
Morrill, B. and Blanchard, E. B. (1989), Two Studies of the Potential Mechanisms of Action in the Thermal Biofeedback Treatment of Vascular Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 29: 169–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1989.hed2903169.x
- Issue published online: 21 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: November 29, 1988.
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Sixty vascular headache sufferers who underwent a standard protocol treatment of progressive relaxation and thermal biofeedback with autogenic training were studied for changes in hand temperature (the targeted response) and heart rate (a non-targeted response) to determine how such physiological change relates to reduction in headache activity. Overall, regardless of degree of improvement, subjects showed a significant, positive change over time in their ability to increase hand temperature. It was also found that inability to handwarm at session one of thermal biofeedback training was predictive of treatment success, as was the ability to achieve a fingertip temperature of at least 96.0°F at any point in thermal biofeedback training. In addition, it was found that migraine headache sufferers who were treatment successes had significantly lowered their heart rates from pre- to post-treatment assessment.