DOI: 10.3390/children5060074; PMCID: PMC6025595
The demand for integrative medicine has risen in recent years as research has demonstrated the efficacy of such treatments. The public has also become more conscientious of the potential limitations of conventional treatment alone. Because primary headache syndromes are often the culmination of genetics, lifestyle, stress, trauma, and environmental factors, they are best treated with therapies that are equally multifaceted. The Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri Headache Clinic has successfully incorporated integrative therapies including nutraceuticals, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, relaxation training, hypnosis, psychology services, and lifestyle recommendations for headache management. This paper provides a detailed review of the implementation of integrative therapies for headache treatment and discusses examples through case studies. It can serve as a model for other specialty settings intending to incorporate all evidenced-based practices, whether complementary or conventional.
clinic model; complementary therapies; headache; implementation; integrative medicine; migraine; mind-body; multidisciplinary; pediatric
Esparham, A. E., Herbert, A., Pierzchalski, E., Tran, C., Dilts, J. J., Boorigie, M., Wingert, T., Connelly, M., Bickel, J. Pediatric Headache Clinic Model: Implementation of Integrative Therapies in Practice. Children (Basel) 5, (2018).