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. To conduct a pilot study into the efficacy of brief MBT for CTH. We conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief (6-session, 3-week) MBT for CTH. 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. Brief MBT may be an effective intervention for CTH.
S., C., N., G., M., I., M., P., & J., P. (2014). Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a randomized controlled pilot study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42(1), 1–15. Retrieved from http://www.embase.com/search/results?subaction=viewrecord&from=export&id=L563083575