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Effects of guided imagery on quality of life for patients with chronic tension-type headache.

15 Aug

Dr. Lisa K. Mannix MD of the Adelman Headache Center in Greensboro, NC reported at the American Association for the Study of Headache that she added guided imagery audiotapes to the course of treatment of half her headache patients in a 250-person study. The imagery group listened to the tape daily for one month. Mannix found that a significantly greater proportion of imagery patients (21.7% of 129, as opposed to 7.6% of 131 controls) reported an overall improvement in their headaches.

Citation: Mannix LK, Chandurkar RS, Rybicki LA, Tusek DL, Solomon GD. Effects of guided imagery on quality of life for patients with chronic tension-type headache. Headache. 1999 May;39(5):326-34.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award