Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Behavioral Treatments No Better Than Placebo for Chronic Tension-Type Headache


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A review of existing studies of behavioral therapies for treatment of chronic tension-type headache determined they are no more effective than placebo.

Behavioral Treatments of Chronic Tension-Type Headaches

Treatments reviewed in this study include relaxation techniques, biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy. The study's authors reviewed 44 trials. The vast majority of these were considered to have varying degrees of bias. Those studies that included sufficient controls to show statistical differences often did not reach clinical significance. In other words, the treatments studied were no more effective than no treatment at all.

I don't have any reason to mistrust the results of this study, but I would like to point out that this review does not take into consideration the value of these therapies in helping patients cope with their pain and incapacity. I don't know whether they can prevent or abort headaches, but I know they can help in managing the suffering that so often comes along with pain.

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