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Integrative Approaches to Treating Headaches
The purpose of this unit is to provide a basic introduction to integrative approaches used in the treatment of headaches.
Headaches are among the most common problems presenting to the primary care practitioner. The vast majority are of a benign etiology. Treatment should be chosen that is effective and of low side effect potential. Many integrative modalities address the initial causes of headaches and, at the same time, avoid the suppressive approach of traditional pharmaceutical allopathic treatments.
In this unit, you will learn about nutritional, dietary, lifestyle, mind/body, environmental, and hormonal approaches to treating headaches. Use of these non-pharmaceutical approaches can offer effective relief to patients while presenting relatively few side effects.
This module is also for U-M Department of Family Medicine Residents on the FMCE2 rotation.
In this unit, learners will be taught:
After completing this unit, learners will be able to:
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Note: This module was originally developed by Ann Arbor-based family physician, John Scheerer, M.D., in 2009. It is maintained by U-M Department of Family Medicine faculty member, Amy B. Locke, M.D. Last updated: May 2013.
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