External hand warming as a novel treatment for ice pick headaches: A controlled case study

Kristi L. Hofstadter-Duke, Keith D. Allen

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Abstract

Primary stabbing headache (PSH) or ice pick headache is an infrequently studied, yet socially important problem facing children and adolescents. The current study examined the effects of routine external hand warming on the PSH intensity of a 16-year-old male referred for management of recurrent headaches. The participant, Michael, alternated periods of non-warming with periods of daily external hand warming, and an ABAB design was used to evaluate the impact of hand warming on PSH intensity. Results indicate that clinically significant symptom reduction was obtained with implementation of external hand warming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Psychophysiology Biofeedback
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • External hand warming
  • Ice pick headache
  • Primary stabbing headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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