Migraine is a draining condition for its sufferers. It is costly in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs remain the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological alternatives. Augusta migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic suggests that exercise may be one such useful option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Augusta migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not usually a one time condition. Chronic pain disturbs the nervous system and the specific pain-generating issue. Researchers described evidence that exercise helps a variety of chronic pain conditions including migraine directly and indirectly with an aim to change the cycle of pain, sedentariness, and degenerating disability. These changes do not come overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic reminds our Augusta chiropractic patients with all sorts of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for a simple, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a recent 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 valuable outcomes for Augusta migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Augusta chiropractic patients are often urged to exercise. Exercise appears to be 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 impacts the microvascular system that possibly influences a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific to migraine, exercise benefited migraine self-efficacy by permitting the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which lessened migraine burden. How much exercise does this? “Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” resulted in statistically significant reduction in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is appreciated by Augusta migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were reported to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to its use was implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is valuable if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic concurs with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents how he followed The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with migraine which included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation as well as exercise for welcomed relief by his patient.