2013 AAPB Webinar 3: Biofeedback Based Interventions for Headache
Presented by Richard A. Sherman, MS, PhD, BCB Director, Psychophysiology Doctoral Concentration, Saybrook University
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Biofeedback based interventions have been shown to be superior or equal to preventive medications for preventive treatment of migraine and tension headaches in overall effectiveness, lack of side effects, and duration of effect. It has also been shown to be more effective than most other techniques for assessing the underlying cause of the headache and, thus, permitting the optimal behavioral technique to be used initially. The effect sizes for various interventions are reviewed along with a discussion of methodology for assessment and intervention for migraine and tension headaches.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Explain how treatment efficacy scores are determined so participants will understand this term when evaluating information from meta-analayses.
- Summarize the meta-analyses combining publications on biofeedback based interventions for chronic pain problems and present the efficacy scores for each so participants will know how effective biofeedback based interventions for pain are.
- Present the relative efficacy scores for preventive headache medications and biofeedback headache interventions as an example of comparative effectiveness.
- Present an overview of problems with preventive pain medications and the common reasons they are not used more often.
- Present an overview of psychophysiological assessment of chronic pain so participants understand the unique information provided.
- Present examples of several biofeedback based interventions for chronic pain including migraine and tension headache so participants are aware of how they are performed and know where to get more detailed information and training.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Dr. Shermans areas of interest spanning over thirty years of teaching, research, and clinical work in psychophysiology (Ph.D. from New York University) include elucidating mechanisms and treatments for phantom limb pain, determining the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic fields for treatment of migraine headaches, and describing temporal relationships between changes in muscle tension and pain. He has been Chief of Orthopedic Research at various US Army Medical Centers (Lieutenant Colonel US Army, Ret.) and President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation and Director of the Psychophysiology Doctoral Specialization at Saybrook University. He has written over 130 articles and books related to pain and behavioral medicine. His most recent book is Pain Assessment and Intervention From a Psychophysiological Perspective. His major emphasis is providing distance based education programs for clinicians wishing to add behavioral medicine techniques to their practices.