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A pilot study of yoga for chronic headaches in youth: promise amidst challenges. Pain Manag Nurs 2014 Jun;15(2):490-8

Date

02/23/2013

Pubmed ID

23428497

DOI

10.1016/j.pmn.2012.12.002

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84901627529   7 Citations

Abstract

The primary aim of the current study was to provide preliminary data on the feasibility, acceptability, and safety of alignment-based yoga for youths with chronic headaches. A secondary aim was to provide preliminary estimates of yoga's ability to improve headache pain, daily functioning, quality of life, and anxiety level in this population. The yoga intervention consisted of 8 weekly, 75-minute classes. Participant flow data revealed challenges to feasibility primarily due to recruitment and retention. Scores on most outcome measures changed in the predicted direction with medium effect sizes found for the functional outcomes. Pain measures did not change significantly. This pilot suggests that yoga for pediatric headaches may be acceptable, as indicated by positive parent and participant ratings of the yoga experience. These preliminary findings suggest that yoga trials for pediatric headaches include both challenges and promise. Recommendations for overcoming challenges include designs that optimize family convenience.

Author List

Hainsworth KR, Salamon KS, Khan KA, Mascarenhas B, Davies WH, Weisman SJ

Authors

W. Hobart Davies Professor & Chair in the Phychology department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Keri Hainsworth PhD Associate Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Steven J. Weisman MD Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Anxiety
Child
Feasibility Studies
Female
Headache Disorders
Humans
Male
Migraine Disorders
Pain Management
Pilot Projects
Psychology, Adolescent
Psychology, Child
Quality of Life
Recurrence
Treatment Outcome
Yoga
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