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Kids with Migraines Can Benefit from Behavioral Therapy


A recent research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that behavioral therapy in conjunction with medication can reduce the number of migraines that children and adolescents suffer.

Roughly 1.75% of children are sufferers of chronic migraines, whose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and inability to concentrate. Students who experience migraines may find themselves missing classes, sports practices, and falling behind on homework. School therapists can help students to learn how tension may worsen their migraines, and teach them relaxation and stress relief coping mechanisms.

If students recognize the signs of tension and anxiousness, this could help them stop a headache before it escalated into a migraine. Therapists can help students practice deep breathing techniques, relaxation methods, and practice understanding how bio-feedback from their environment affects them. The research study conducted showed that 86% of students who received behavioral therapy sessions in addition to headache education seminars saw a 50% reduction in migraines, whereas only 69% of the group that received only educational seminars saw similar migraine reduction results.

School therapists can help students learn a variety of therapeutic techniques, cognitive therapy being one method for students whose migraines are triggered by stress or anxiety. Teaching students stress management strategies can be as simple as organizing folders to decrease school related anxiety. Relaxation training can help students to put themselves first, and help to understand the importance of having time to relax in a world which is often connected 24/7 via technology.

Children with mood and behavior disorders may also suffer from migraines, and may require additional therapy tools to help identify and deal with outside stress or triggering situations. Therapists can adjust treatment based on each child’s particular needs and concerns for dealing with their migraines. Sensory therapy can help students that are more kinetically minded to de-stress and work through triggering or stressful situations. Cognitive therapy can help students to recognize when they are getting stressed, and adapt to their situation, change their behavior, or remove themselves from a situation to avoid a migraine.

School therapists can help students to regain control over their lives, and offer valuable tools and techniques for helping students to decrease the number of migraines they experience by practicing behavioral therapy techniques. Cognitive therapy can help students learn to reduce anxiety, leading to decreased tension and the possibility of less headache days.

Therapists play a unique role in helping children and adolescents cope with stress. Migraines are a serious medical condition, and one that can be debilitating for children and adults alike. Children can and do lose valuable classroom time as a result of migraines, and school therapists can help to reduce the number of headache days that a child experiences by offering behavioral and cognitive therapy to students in their school.



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  1. Evidence of effectiveness in a cetairn treatment is always subject to scrutiny. You hear of western medicine’s successes due to the abundance of available data (usually promoted by profit-oriented industry despite it’s effectiveness), along with accepted means of research. You rarely hear of alternative medicine’s successes because the data is not readily accepted by western medical advocates, the distributors of medicinal info, therefore not prone to as wide spread publication that is deemed trustworthy. If it’s not FDA approved, it’s considered bogus, even if it does posess some medicial value. There is also implication of competition between alternate treatments and the western med populous that stands to lose millions in traditional (and future) public investment. That’s not generally publicized but well known. Mostly, the lack of acceptable research evidence is a negative factor keeping the proper data on alternatives from wide spread publication. And there is plenty of bogus crap out there too that promotes predudice. But there is plenty of reliable info on the internet if you’re interested to do the fingerwork finding it.Concrete scientific evidence takes testing, and that takes time and money. Lots and Lots of money. And for many advocates of alternatives, that means many lives lost or negatively affected waiting for the American Journal of Medicine to say, Hey, this really does work. Let’s spend another 20 years killing monkeys developing it into a time-release pill . So most importantly, an interest by western researchers toward testing is the draw back. While it is true that many medicines have come from natural sources, plants mostly, there are far many more medicinals out there (plant and animal/insect species) already well known by indigenous groups as well as western alternate-affiliated groups who use them for their profound medicinal properties that have not been tapped by western interest. Most western med developement from medicinal plants (such as you mentioned, Asprin) started with research into source uses by indigenous peoples of the regions those sources came from where the practices of what we deem alternate are common, as they’ve been for many generations (like say the bark made into tea for body aches that we now commonly know as Asprin in pill form). Medicinals and treatments are often backed by the history of effective use by the people who use it, and you won’t find that evidence published in Time without a western research foundation backing it. Such treatments often developed by their ancestors hundreds if not a thousand or more years prior and handed down through the generations. Timelines that vast using a product is not typically prone to ignorance of evidence toward medicinal reliability. In my ancestry, heart disease and Diabetes (though practically non-existent until the Spanish conquest) was and still is treated with what are now (and were then) common household pantry spices. The latest western medicinal research into such treatment reflects that these spices do have profoundly effective medicinal properties toward modern treatment for high cholesterol and diabetes. But of course more research should be done before you’ll hear more about it, and that takes lots of time and money as mentioned. And who has time for that when expensive cholesterol and blood pressure drugs and insulin for diabetes have been the norm (and source of great profit) for so long already. Meanwhile, I (and all those I’ve shared the obscure info with) have perfect blood pressure, normal cholesterol levels, and no signs of the diabetes I was born with despite eating what I want. If you like nasty side-effects of concretely researched and accepted western drugs, and the annoyances and expense of a treatment regimen, that’s your choice. Hurray for scientific journalism.In many cultures it’s the medicine man or woman who administers the treament, and too often western physicians scrap their use because of the witch doctor’ scenarios that often accompany treatment. But who can blame them. The idea of a half ***** man or woman in feathered ritual head gear murmering ancient tongue while waving a smudge stick around the patient’s head to clense the hut of bad animal spirits before administering the medicinal plant potion that will cure their ailment is not seductive to the cleanly civilized’ proper white-coat mentality western thinking has been mounted onto like the crisp gold seal on a physicians framed and feather dusted training certificate. But one must understand that religious practices have always been indrenched into any culture’s medicinal efforts, and western medicine’s origins once shared in obscure religious rituals and old wive’s mis-informations from tabloidal church garb intertwined in it’s developement and adminitration. Hell, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that western physicians got the idea that washing their friggin hands before treating the next patient’ might help save their life instead of contribute to their demise. But it wasn’t long before that physicians regarded illnesses as posession by the devil and administered prayer services, as well as torturous ones for the cure. But even some old-world western’ ideas are being re-introduced these days (as yet still Alternative medicine). Take leeches and fly larvea for example. What was once deemed witch-doctory now has concrete medicinal value in modern treatment, and it’s positive uses are spreading fast. There are always risks involved trying alternative treatments. But the worst risk is in mis-information. So it’s important to do the homework, on the specific properties and side effects as well as proper uses of any product for treatment. And while you’re at it, get to know your own medical history (allergies, etc), as well as the background of therapists distributing those treatments before taking alternate courses. People offer horror stories of alternative treatments damaging their beings. But many naive people throw themselves into the hands of snake oilers out of desperation too (remember the apricot pit injections for Cancer in Mexico, and the magnetic bracelets still sold today for arthritis relief who’s making that $20,000,000). Just like knowing what you’re getting into using traditional western methods of treatment, and knowing the training and ability (and history of liablility) of the western physician administering it. As alternates go, it helps if you’re already affiliated with cetairn cultures that use alternates, and have some knowledge or know people who do. But if you don’t, research is the key. Waiting for the medical associations to offer concrete scientific evidence on the other hand is like waiting for the oil mongers to tell us there is a brighter future in corn.The best evidence you’ll find that alternate meds, suppliments and treatments work is if you try them. Plenty are as effective as side-effect prone traditional products without the nasty effects. But be warned, there are lots of products available in and out of the US and Europe that are mis-labeled or all together bogus, and possibly hazardous (not all that is All Natural is good for you take Arsenic for example ), like with plant products, there are many differing species within a species that are similar to the medicinal ones but potentially hazardous, and there are particular doses one must carefully weigh with cetairn products, and finding a reputable source for products and product info can be mind boggling for the impatient. But on the internet, it really only takes as much time and effort as it does finding a decent western doctor.

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