Effect of Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation on Migraine Headache and Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity in the Middle Cerebral Artery


Angele McGrady, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Ohio, P.O. Box 10008, Toledo, OH 43699-0008



Twenty-three patients with diagnosed migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a biofeedback-assisted relaxation therapy group or to a group who relaxed on their own. The biofeedback trained group decreased pain and medication more than the self relax group. Cerebral blood flow velocity was measured in the middle cerebral artery with transcranial doppler (TCD). The trained group significantly reduced systolic and mean cerebral blood flow velocity on the side with the highest velocity.