Integrated EMDR headache treatment


Forty-three individuals diagnosed with classic or common migraine were randomly assigned to either Integrated EMDR treatment or a medication treatment. lntegrated EMDR combines diaphragmatic breathing, cranial compression and EMDR for abortive migraine treatment. Various abortive medications were used in the comparison group including Demerol, DHE, oral triptans, Excedrin, Florinal, Percoset, Toradol and Vicodin. Participants were treated during mid to late stage acute migraine and assessed by an Independent evaluator at pretreatment, post treatment, 24 hours, 48 hours and 7 days for migraine pain level. Both medication and Integrated EMDR treatment groups demonstrated reduced migraine pain levels at post treatment, 24 hours, 48 hours and 7 days. Howevei lntegrated EMDR treatment showed significantly greater improvement compared to medication at post treatment. Also, lntegrated EMDR reduced or eliminated migraine pain level with greater rapdity than medications. This study introduces lntegrated EMDR as a new abortive behavioral treatment for acute migraine episodes.






Steven Marcus

Original Work Citation

Marcus, S. (2006, September). Integrated EMDR headache treatment. Presentation at the 11th EMDR International Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA




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