Relaxation prophylaxis for childhood migraine: a randomized placebo-controlled trial

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1988 Oct;30(5):626-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1988.tb04800.x.


A randomized controlled trial was used to evaluate the effectiveness of relaxation training in the treatment of paediatric migraine. Relaxation training was compared with-two control groups (psychological placebo and 'own best efforts') in a total of 99 children and adolescents with frequent migraine. Daily recording of the headaches following treatment, three months after treatment and at the one-year follow-up indicated that all three treatments were equally effective. The importance of the use of adequate control conditions which generate equivalent expectancies in pain treatment research was confirmed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Migraine Disorders / prevention & control
  • Migraine Disorders / psychology*
  • Random Allocation
  • Relaxation*