Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, June/July 2001.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
Researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center found some alternative therapies can assuage sufferers of migraine headaches. Of the remedies tested (biofeedback training, hypnosis, stress-management therapy and relaxation training), the most effective proved to be an integration of behavioral treatments with drug therapies. These therapies consist of both clinic-based and home-based interventions. The latter approach teaches patients how to develop self-help skills at home. While relaxation training, biofeedback and cognitive-behavioral therapy proved somewhat effective (none proved more prevalent than another), there was not enough evidence as to whether acupuncture or hypnosis were beneficial.