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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 base...