The term tension type headache (TTH) was introduced by the International Headache Society in 1988 to refer to the most common headache form, which has an incidence of about 88% in women and 69% in men. The first choice prophylactic for TTH is amitriptyline, however side effects contraindicate the use of this drug in many patients, particularly young headache sufferers. Partly for this reason biofeedback (BFB) and other behavioural approaches, which are free of both contraindications and side effects, are widely employed to treat THH; in juvenile patients they have become the first choice approach to the treatment of this headache. Although a completely satisfactory explanation of the mechanisms of behavioural therapies has not been forthcoming, both long-term follow-up studies and controlled studies have demonstrated that they are efficacious.
|Translated title of the contribution||Behavioural approach in the treatment of tension type headache|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology