Behavioral Treatments for Migraine Management: Useful at Each Step of Migraine Care

Alexandra B. Singer, Dawn C. Buse, Elizabeth K. Seng

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Migraine is a disabling and prevalent disorder. Migraine is most effectively treated with a stepped care approach, where patients initially receive a broad level of care (primary care) and proceed to receive increasingly specialized care throughout the course of treatment. Behavioral treatments for migraine modify behaviors of people with migraine with the intention to prevent migraine episodes and secondary consequence of migraine. Behavioral treatments can be incorporated into each level of the stepped care approach for migraine treatment. In this article, we provide a rationale for including behavioral treatment strategies in the treatment of migraine. We then describe and review the evidence for behavioral treatment strategies for migraine, including patient education, relaxation strategies, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral treatment strategies. Finally, we describe how behavioral treatments can be integrated into a stepped care approach for migraine care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent neurology and neuroscience reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adherence
  • Behavioral treatment
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Communication
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Integrative medicine
  • Migraine
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Patient education
  • Psychological treatment
  • Relaxation
  • Stepped care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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