Janna Kent, RN, coaches patient Connor Wytko to use biofeedback tehcniques to control chronic migraines, headache

Center researchers are studying childhood headaches and developing methods for determining which children are most likely to benefit from biofeedback and relaxation therapy.

Headaches affect the health and well-being of 10% to 30% of children 6 to 18 years old. Besides causing significant pain and disability, headaches often disrupt school, work and leisure activities of children and their families. Researchers at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development believe biofeedback and relaxation therapy can be effective for children and are planning a study to help determine which children with headaches are most likely to benefit from biofeedback.

The hope is that, in the future, children can be directed as soon as possible to the treatment that will work best for them. We are also planning to study the efficacy of handheld heart-rate variability monitors - portable devices that provide immediate feedback about relaxation and pulse control - in combination with traditional biofeedback treatment of adolescent headache.