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How does biofeedback therapy help headaches?

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Muscle tension and stress can trigger migraines and other types of headaches, and can make headache symptoms worse. Biofeedback therapy can relax muscles and ease stress to reduce both the frequency and severity of headaches. Biofeedback seems to be especially beneficial for headaches when it's combined with medications.

From: Overview of Biofeedback WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

Morone, N.E. , May-June 2007. Pain Medicine

Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

“NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Art Science Statements,” December 2007.

Wang, S.Z. , October 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Greenhalgh J. , April 2010. Journal of Hypertension

Moravec, C.S. , March 2008. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

Morone, N.E. , May-June 2007. Pain Medicine

Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

“NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Art Science Statements,” December 2007.

Wang, S.Z. , October 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Greenhalgh J. , April 2010. Journal of Hypertension

Moravec, C.S. , March 2008. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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