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Behavioral treatment could play a role in relieving migraines

November 29, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Do you suffer from migraine headaches? 

Certainly there are many medications on the market that can help a person deal with the pain of migraines, but studies are showing that there is a growing role for behavioral treatment. 

The advantage of behavioral treatment is there are no side effects associated with this type of treatment. Researchers from the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache suggested that stress, anxiety and depression play significant roles in migraines. 

According to the study, people reported that their migraine attacks often began after a stressful situation. The researchers say stress management and behavioral techniques could play a big role in improving people's symptoms.