Mindfulness for Migraine & Pain Relief

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Key Questions
  • What are the four behavioral therapies for migraine management established by the American Headache Society guidelines?
  • What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?
  • What is biofeedback and what are some of the most common forms?
  • What are some lifestyle modifications for migraine management?
  • How can relaxation therapy be used for managing migraine attacks?
  • What is mindfulness?
  • What is the relationship between mindfulness and meditation in migraine management?
  • How can mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) be helpful for migraine management?
  • What are the various approaches to mindfulness and how are they implemented?
  • What are some apps for practicing mindfulness?
  • Are there any risks associated with practicing mindfulness?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Biofeedback 
  • Electromyographic biofeedback (EMG-BFB)
  • Heart rate variability biofeedback
  • Lifestyle factors (sleep hygiene, hydration, nutrition, exercise, stress)
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Thermal biofeedback

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Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS, is a board-certified headache specialist who treats a wide variety of conditions, including migraine, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, and postconcussive and postsurgical headaches. Treatment may include the use of medications, but Dr. Minen has a particular interest in nonpharmacologic therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, relaxation, sleep assessments, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction assessments.

Dr. Minen’s research interests revolve around improving the diagnosis and treatment of people with migraine by doctors in various medical specialties, including emergency medicine, primary care, psychiatry, and other specialty areas. She is also interested in headaches that are associated with behavioral and psychiatric problems, as well as in headache education.

Dr. Minen has published numerous research articles and lectured at annual meetings, including those of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Headache.

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