Migraine is a debilitating
condition for its sufferers. It is expensive in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs are still
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their
migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options.
St. Francisville migraine sufferers want choices!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville puts forward that exercise may be one
such useful choice.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most St. Francisville migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It’s not usually a one and done condition. Chronic pain affects
the nervous system and the specific pain-generator. Researchers described evidence that exercise helps a
variety of chronic pain conditions including migraine directly and indirectly
with a goal of changing the cycle of pain,
sedentariness, and degenerating disability. These
changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville tells
our St. Francisville chiropractic patients with all sorts of
conditions that it is slow and steady commitment that results in desired
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a new comparison project of
neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to reduce
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis
in Headache explained that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial
outcomes for St. Francisville migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
St. Francisville chiropractic patients are manytimes
encouraged to exercise. Exercise seems like a recommended
panacea for everything from back pain to migraine to depression to neck pain
and so much more. Why? It works. Exercise stifles inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise constructively influences
the microvascular system that certainly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by allowing
the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which lessened
migraine burden. How much exercise produces this type of effect?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically
significant drop in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by St. Francisville
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems
to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported to be better than exercise, but including
exercise into its use was suggested to be beneficial. Migraine sufferers
who also have neck pain or tension headache are reported as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is valuable
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville concurs
with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Kulla on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
how he followed The
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with
migraine which incorporated Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.