The use of mind-body therapies reaches back through history in the form of meditation and other spiritual practices focused on health and healing. In the modern medical setting, mind-body therapies are used to harnesses the connections between emotions and physiology to benefit health with a secular philosophy and intent.
The mind-body connection represents a critical component of good health, but is not emphasized in medical education, especially in the pediatric population.
This CME activity will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when and what types of mind-body therapy approaches and interventions might be used in conjunction with conventional therapies to enhance pediatric care. This is important because an accruing number of effective, safe, non-pharmaceutical therapies are available for children yet not widely known or taught to clinicians. Example of this include accruing data in children on the adverse effects of chronic stress and pain, both areas where mind-body therapies have been shown to be beneficial in children.
Pediatricians who are updated on literature and clinical research in the field will be able to better counsel families and be prepared to offer more comprehensive treatment options.
Common mind-body therapies include breath work, biofeedback, guided imagery, clinical hypnosis, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness meditation. Interest in the use of mindfulness in medicine is also increasing as a valuable tool to prevent and address burnout among medical professionals.
Course completion provides a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.