The Role of Home Practice in the Thermal Biofeedback Treatment of Migraine Headache

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The present study examined the role of home practice of hand warming in the thermal biofeedback treatment of migraine headache. Seventeen female migraine sufferers were randomly assigned to one of the following conditions: thermal biofeedback with regular home practice (HP) or thermal biofeedback without home practice (NHP). Biofeedback treatment consisted of 12 training sessions over a 6-week period, and all subjects completed 5 weeks of headache monitoring before and after treatment. Results indicated that subjects in the HP condition experienced decreases in headache activity and medication intake that were both statistically and clinically significant compared with the NHP condition. None of the outcome measures revealed significant improvement in the NHP condition. Thus, regular home practice appears to enhance the efficacy of biofeedback in the treatment of migraine.

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