Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Stuart Cathcart, Nicola Galatis, Maarten Immink, Michael Proeve, John Petkov

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Abstract

Background: Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) has been demonstrated to be effective for reducing chronic pain symptoms; however, the use of MBT for Chronic Tension-Type Headache (CTH) exclusively has to date not been examined. Typically, MBT for chronic pain has involved an 8-week program based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Recent research suggests briefer mindfulness-based treatments may be effective for chronic pain. Aims: To conduct a pilot study into the efficacy of brief MBT for CTH. Method: We conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief (6-session, 3-week) MBT for CTH. Results: Results indicated a significant decrease in headache frequency and an increase in the mindfulness facet of Observe in the treatment but not wait-list control group. Conclusion: Brief MBT may be an effective intervention for CTH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic tension-type headache
  • Mindfulness
  • Pain
  • Stress reduction
  • Therapy

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