Document Detail


Non-pharmacological approaches to chronic headaches: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, lasertherapy and acupuncture in transformed migraine treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12811613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In an open, randomized trial, we evaluated transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), infrared lasertherapy and acupuncture in the treatment of transformed migraine, over a 4-month period free of prophylactic drugs. Sixty women suffering from transformed migraine were assigned, after a one month run-in period, to three different treatments: TENS (Group T; n=20), infrared lasertherapy (Group L; n=20) or acupuncture (Group A; n=20). In each group the patients underwent ten sessions of treatment and monthly control visits. In Group T patients were treated for two weeks (5 days/week) simultaneously with three TENS units with different stimulation parameters (I: pulse rate = 80 Hz, pulse width = 120 micros; II: 120 Hz, 90 micros; III: 4 Hz, 200 micros). In Group L an infrared diode laser (27 mW, 904 nm) was applied every other day on tender scalp spots. In Group A acupuncture was carried out twice a week in the first two weeks and weekly in the next 6 weeks. A basic formula (LR3, SP6, LI4, GB20, GV20 and Ex-HN5) was always employed; additional points were selected according to each patient's symptomatology. The number of days with headache per month significantly decreased during treatment in all groups. The response in the groups differed over time, probably due to the different timing of applications of the three methods. TENS, lasertherapy and acupuncture proved to be effective in reducing the frequency of headache attacks. Acupuncture showed the best effectiveness over time.
Authors:
G Allais; C De Lorenzo; P E Quirico; G Lupi; G Airola; O Mana; C Benedetto
Related Documents :
23254863 - Five-year clinical and radiographic outcomes using pedicle screw only constructs in the...
11093393 - Pain control after routine dento-alveolar day surgery: a patient satisfaction survey.
6200853 - Slight rate acceleration in permanent rechargeable nickel-cadmium pacemakers: a possibl...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology     Volume:  24 Suppl 2     ISSN:  1590-1874     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-17     Completed Date:  2003-07-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959175     Medline TA:  Neurol Sci     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S138-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Woman's Headache Center, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Via Ventimiglia 3, I-10126 Turin, Italy.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Acupuncture Therapy*
Adolescent
Adult
Analysis of Variance
Electric Stimulation Therapy*
Female
Headache Disorders / therapy*
Humans
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / therapy*
Time Factors

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine


Previous Document:  Neuropathic cranial pain.
Next Document:  Hypothalamic deep brain stimulation for intractable chronic cluster headache: a 3-year follow-up.