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How can biofeedback help prevent migraines?

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This type of therapy teaches you to be aware of how your body reacts to stress, whether that’s tense muscles, a fast heart rate, or cold, clammy hands. A trained professional teaches you how to change that response and calm down. People who use biofeedback have 55% fewer migraines. This therapy may work even better when you also take medicine that prevents headaches.

NeuroSciences : “New advances in prevention of migraine: Review of current practice and recent advances.”

Functional Neurology : “Migraine as a complex disease: heterogeneity, comorbidity and genotype-phenotype interactions.”

National Headache Foundation: “Facts about Triptans,” “Migraine.”

Expert Reviews of Clinical Pharmacology : “The Pathophysiological and Pharmacological Basis of Current Drug Treatment of Migraine Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Migraine: Treatment.”

The Lancet Neurology : “Effects of tonabersat on migraine with aura: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study,” “Headache research in 2015: progress in migraine treatment.”

Neurology : “TEV-48125 for the preventive treatment of chronic migraine.”

Hormone Health Network/Endocrine Society: “What Do Prostaglandins Do?”

Current Opinion in Neurology : “Prostaglandins in migraine: update.”

The DANA Foundation: “Theory Behind Migraine Emerges.”

The Migraine Trust: “Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).”

American Migraine Foundation: “Behavioral Treatment of Headache and Migraine Patients -- Making Referrals,” “Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches.”

Medscape: “Phase 3 STRIVE and ARISE Trials Show Efficacy, Safety for Erenumab in Migraine Prevention,” “Positive Phase 3 Results for Fremanezumab in Migraine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 18, 2019

NeuroSciences : “New advances in prevention of migraine: Review of current practice and recent advances.”

Functional Neurology : “Migraine as a complex disease: heterogeneity, comorbidity and genotype-phenotype interactions.”

National Headache Foundation: “Facts about Triptans,” “Migraine.”

Expert Reviews of Clinical Pharmacology : “The Pathophysiological and Pharmacological Basis of Current Drug Treatment of Migraine Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Migraine: Treatment.”

The Lancet Neurology : “Effects of tonabersat on migraine with aura: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study,” “Headache research in 2015: progress in migraine treatment.”

Neurology : “TEV-48125 for the preventive treatment of chronic migraine.”

Hormone Health Network/Endocrine Society: “What Do Prostaglandins Do?”

Current Opinion in Neurology : “Prostaglandins in migraine: update.”

The DANA Foundation: “Theory Behind Migraine Emerges.”

The Migraine Trust: “Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).”

American Migraine Foundation: “Behavioral Treatment of Headache and Migraine Patients -- Making Referrals,” “Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches.”

Medscape: “Phase 3 STRIVE and ARISE Trials Show Efficacy, Safety for Erenumab in Migraine Prevention,” “Positive Phase 3 Results for Fremanezumab in Migraine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 18, 2019

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