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Headaches and Complementary Health Practices

Lady rubbing her temples of her head

From the November 2011 Clinical Digest item of NCAAM (US National Center for  Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Headaches are one of the most common forms of pain. More than 45 million Americans have headaches severe enough to require the help of a health care professional. Headaches occur when pain-sensitive nerve endings around the scalp, in the blood vessels that surround the skull, in the lining around the brain, and in other areas around the head send impulses to the part of the brain that interprets pain signals from the rest of the body. Some headaches are related to tender spots in head, neck, and shoulder muscles.

Researchers are studying treatments for different types of headaches, including a number of complementary health practices. This issue provides information on “what the science says” about the effectiveness and safety of selected complementary health practices for headaches, includingrelaxation trainingbiofeedbackacupuncturetai chicognitive-behavioral therapy,massagespinal manipulation, and dietary supplements.

Read more about what the science says

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December 6, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , , ,

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