Mind-Body Therapy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Headache is one of the most common pain conditions people suffer. Mind-body therapy has been found to work just as well as medicine for certain kinds of headaches. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this type of therapy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many things can cause headaches. The most common types of headache are migraines and tension headaches.

The simplest treatments are rest, aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen. If these treatments dont work, talk to your doctor. Mind-body therapy may help people who get headaches often.

Mind-body therapy focuses on the connections among your mind, body and behaviors. Problems with any of these things can affect your health.

Examples of mind-body therapies are meditation, muscle relaxation, hypnosis, biofeedback and a type of counseling called cognitive behavior therapy.

Studies have shown that mind-body therapy works just as well as medicine for certain kinds of headaches.

You can do some mind-body therapies yourself. For others, such as hypnosis and biofeedback, you might need help from someone trained to do them.

Talk to your doctor if you want to try mind-body therapy. He or she can help you find the best way for you to cope with stress. Your doctor can also recommend someone who specializes in mind-body therapy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.