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Migraine Headache Pain - Alternative and Complementary Approaches

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

While the common headache does not usually drive a patient to seek medical attention, migraine headaches often do. More than just a severe headache, a migraine headache is typically accompanied by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and can include other symptoms like nausea and vomiting. The first-line treatment for chronic or frequent migraine pain is the use of medications with a goal to eliminate pain. Not all patients, however, will tolerate or respond to pharmacological treatment and will often seek alternative and complementary therapies for needed relief.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.      CAM Treatment Strategies
III.     Acupuncture
IV.     Biofeedback
V.      Massage Therapy
             1.  Types of Massage Therapy
VI.     Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
VII.    Nutrition and Supplementation: Vitamin B2
VIII.   Systematic Review and Case Study: Patient’s Perceptions of CAM
             1.  Case Study: Migraine Pain and CAM Treatment
IX.     Summary


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