RESPeRATE, paced breathing and migraines

Q: While the RESPeRATE is marketed for lowering blood pressure, will it also work as a bio-feedback device? I am thinking of using it in terms of relaxation techniques for reduction of chronic migraine.

A: In his book, Chronic Headaches, Jonothan Borkum includes slow paced breathing as a technique to help treat chronic headaches. The RESPeRATE is a device that guides and slows breathing so it is likely it would be helpful although studies with the device have focused on hypertension. You may be interested to know that RESPeRATE is also indicated for the reduction of stress. The RESPeRATE forum includes postings regarding the experience of RESPeRATE users who suffer from migraines.

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