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[Psychofonia--a neurophysiologic music therapy in migraine]

Author(s): Einsle, R., Brunner, J., Rhyner, K.

Journal/Book: Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax. 1999; 88: 946-9.

Abstract: Migraine and other functional disorders are common and often difficult to treat. Alternative treatment modalities are clearly warranted and gain more widespread acceptance. Psychofonia is a new form of music therapy for treating migraine patients. For each patient an individualized sound pattern is created based on his individual EEG by using computer technology. In a cohort study we investigated prospectively 55 migraine patients treated with this EEG-based music therapy. 56% of the patients showed an improvement of at least 50% of their symptoms after a twelve months treatment period. Our results suggest that this form of music therapy is effective in treating migraine patients and should be studied in a prospective, randomized, controlled trial.

Keyword(s): Adult. Aged. Biofeedback (Psychology). Cohort Studies. Electroencephalography. English Abstract. Female. Human. Male. Middle Age. Migraine/psychology/therapy. Music Therapy. Prospective Studies. Therapy, Computer-Assisted. Treatment Outcome

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