Behavioral Treatment for Migraine


A large body of literature supports the efficacy of behavioral intervention for migraine. Behavioral therapies are often prescribed in conjunction with acute or preventive strategies to better manage headache disorders. Learn more about how cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and relaxation strategies work in conjunction with other treatment options to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine days.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Migraine: Q&A with Elizabeth Seng, PhD

Elizabeth Seng, PhD, FAHS, spoke with the American Headache Society about CBT and its place in migraine treatment.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Migraine: Q&A

Elizabeth Seng, PhD, FAHS, discusses the significance of CBT and how it can be includedRead More

Study Demonstrates Feasibility of Migraine-Specific CBT

Researchers in Germany showed that targeted behavioral therapies may benefit patients with migraine. Katherine Hamilton,Read More

Barriers to Behavioral Therapy in Headache Management

By Deena Kuruvilla, MD As a part of my standard treatment approach, I discuss behavioralRead More

Patient Resources

Behavioral Treatment of Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

How to use behavioral treatment to combat migraine. Learn about cognitive-behavioral therapy and how it works in treating people with migraine.Read More

Yoga for Migraine Treatment | American Migraine Foundation

See why yoga is considered one of the many non-medical ways people can fight migraine—and how to add it to your treatment plan.Read More

Mindfulness for Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Mindfulness, defined as “paying attention in the present moment without judgment,” can help alleviate stress and, in some cases, prevent a migraine attack.Read More

Behavioral Treatment of Headache and Migraine Patients

Behavioral treatments such as biofeedback and muscle relaxation can reduce headaches. Learn about cognitive-behavioral therapy and if it's right for you.Read More

Stress and Migraine - How to Cope | American Migraine Foundation

One of the most effective things you can do to control migraine is to reduce your stress. Here are a few tips on how to do it.Read More

Sleep Disorders and Headache | American Migraine Foundation

People with headache disorders have a 2-8 times greater risk for sleep disorders. Learn the connections between the two and how to regain healthy sleep.Read More

Managing Diet and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Making even small changes to your diet can impact migraine. Learn from Dr. Alan Finkel how to discuss food triggers and dieting with your doctor.Read More

Excusing Yourself During a Migraine Attack | AMF

There's no good time to have a migraine attack. That's why Move Against Migraine offers tips on how to excuse yourself during one. Read to learn more.Read More

Exercise and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Learn about the various ways exercise can help you manage migraine. We also provide tips on starting an effective exercise regimen.Read More

Modeling Migraine Conversations | American Migraine Foundation

Here are some tips to navigate migraine conversations to help you prepare to be your own best advocate at work, school or home.Read More

Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal with Them | AMF

Learn all about the top 10 most common migraine triggers and the American Migraine Foundation's best tips for managing and preventing them.Read More

Seasonal Migraine Triggers and How to Stay Healthy

When the seasons and weather change, so can migraine triggers. Learn more about the seasonal impact of migraine and what triggers to look out for.Read More

Abuse, Maltreatment, and PTSD and Their Relationship to Migraine

A history of sexual, physical and emotional abuse can cause a disposition to headache. Learn the reason for the connection and how it can affect you.Read More

Biofeedback & Relaxation Training for Headache | AMF

Biofeedback and relaxation training are a great addition to a headache treatment regimen. Learn how they can help improve your quality of life.Read More

Integrative and Complementary Treatments | AMF

There are various integrative and complementary treatments for migraine. Find out the different types and how they benefit you.Read More

Spotlight On: Acupuncture and Treating Migraine Symptoms

Acupuncture may offer a non-pharmacological treatment option for people with migraine. Learn about the role of Acupuncture in treatment of migraine.Read More

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