App review: WebMAP Mobile, for adolescents with chronic pain

Stress and pain go hand and hand, feed off each other, triggering more pain and headaches.  One way to help our patients with chronic pain and headaches is to encourage mind/body techniques, like mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, CBT, yoga, Reiki and other modalities. One way to help get it started is to have them actually download … Continue reading App review: WebMAP Mobile, for adolescents with chronic pain

Psychology and headaches, part 2

In this post, I will continue the conversation with Sarah Nelson, PhD, pain psychologist.  Previously we talked about common psychological issues associated with headache, issues that affect coping and functioning for patients with chronic headache, dealing with resistance to accepting psychological help and barriers to care. What are the best screening measures to use in … Continue reading Psychology and headaches, part 2

Tension-type headache strategies

I have reviewed factors contributing to tension-type headaches, as well as some preventive strategies.  In this post I will cover appropriate rescue medications, and talk about treatment for underlying anxiety, which often needs to be addressed for kids with tension-type headaches. Analgesia is a key part of a rescue strategy for TTH. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs … Continue reading Tension-type headache strategies