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Mind-Body Help Sought for Headaches, Sciatica

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 15, 2011

Mind-Body-Spirit News

People with common neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, back pain with sciatica, strokes, dementia, seizures or memory loss use mind-body therapies more frequently than others without those conditions, according to a study published in Neuroepidemiology (2011; 36: 46–51). Researchers based their findings on an analysis of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey of American adults.

The most frequently used mind-body modalities were deep-breathing exercises, meditation and yoga. People with neurological complaints elected to use mind-body therapies because of “provider recommendation” (26% versus 13% of those with no such complaints) or because conventional treatments were perceived to be ineffective (12% versus 4%) or too expensive (7% versus 2%).

Study authors suggested that people turn to these methods to find stress relief. The researchers recommended that more studies be conducted on the effectiveness of mind-body activities for people with common neurological conditions.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Palm Beach, Florida, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.