Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity Associated With Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Treatment of Migraine Headaches are Specific for the Middle Cerebral Artery


  • Presented in part at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga, 1994.

Dr. Albert Wauquier, Department of Neurology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 Fourth Street, Lubbock, TX 79430.


Twenty-five patients with diagnosed migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a biofeedback-assisted relaxation therapy group or to a group who relaxed on their own. This study confirmed that the biofeedback trained group significantly decreased pain and medication more than the self-re-lax group. The best responders were those with the more elevated initial cerebral blood flow values and the changes in cerebral blood flow were specific for the middle cerebral artery.