Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography (pIR HEG) for the Treatment of Migraine without Aura

Alison K Walker, Randall Lyle

Abstract


Objective: To evaluate the impact of Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography (pIR HEG) in reducing headache-related disability in adults with migraine without aura (MWOA). Methods: This quasi-experimental study enrolled 31 adults (M age = 38.65 years, range = 20–65 years) who met the International Classification of Headache Disorders (2nd ed.) criteria for migraine without aura (MWOA; IHS, 2004). All participants received the treatment. Participants completed a 10-week protocol of pIR HEG. Changes in headache impact were assessed at three points in time: baseline, after sixtreatment sessions, and after 10 treatment sessions.Outcome Measures: Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) and the Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire.  Results: Significant reductions in HIT-6 scores were found between Pretest and Midtreatment,p< .001, and between Pretest and Posttest, (p< .001). Significant reductions in MIDAS scores were found between Pretest and Posttest, p< .001.Results indicated MIDAS subscale A scores did not significantly change across the three time points. Significant reductions in MIDAS subscale B scores were found between Pretest and Midtreatment,p< .001, and between Pretest and Posttest,p< .001.In this study, pIR HEG appeared to be effective by the end of treatment in reducing the impact of headache-related disability among the participants.

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migraine without aura; Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography; Headache Impact Test-6; Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire; migraine-related disability

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