Biofeedback-assisted relaxation training for young adolescents with tension-type headache: A controlled study

G. Bussone, L. Grazzi, D. D'Amico, M. Leone, F. Andrasik

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Abstract

Tension-type headache is common in children and adolescents and is generally treated with medication, but emerging literature suggests that various behavioral treatments may provide efficacious alternatives to medication. Juvenile tension-type headache sufferers were randomly assigned to biofeedback-assisted relaxation or relaxation placebo and followed for 1 year. Following treatment, both conditions led to sizeable headache reductions (approximately 50%). Over time, children receiving biofeedback- assisted relaxation continued to improve and were superior to the control condition at a 6- and 12-month follow-up (86% versus 50%). Biofeedback- assisted relaxation appears to be an efficacious and durable treatment for juvenile tension-type headache and merits further exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-467
Number of pages5
JournalCephalalgia
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Childhood headache
  • Electromyographic biofeedback
  • Relaxation training
  • Tension-type headache in children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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