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What mind-body therapies are recommended for headaches?

Mind-body techniques such as meditation, relaxation strategies, yoga, hypnosis, stress management, and biofeedback, among others, seek to harness the power of the mind to aid in health and pain relief. These techniques are quite popular with Americans suffering from headache: nearly one in five uses some type of mind-body technique to alleviate the pain, and 40% of those who do find it very helpful.

A review article concluded that certain mind-body techniques offer effective headache relief. Based on the evidence, the authors recommend that a combination of relaxation techniques and thermal biofeedback be used for migraine, while relaxation techniques and muscle biofeedback be used for tension headache.

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