Migraine is a draining
condition for its sufferers. It’s expensive in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs remain
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their
migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological alternatives.
Millville migraine sufferers want options!
Wilson Family Chiropractic proposes that exercise may be one
such useful alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Millville migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one and done situation. 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 an aim to change the cycle of pain,
sedentariness, and worsening disability. These
changes do not come overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise giving rise to improvement in pain and function. (1) Wilson Family Chiropractic reminds
our Millville chiropractic patients with all sorts of
conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for a
simple, inexpensive approach to migraine care. Case in point, a new comparison study of
neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A recent meta-analysis
in Headache reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial
outcomes for Millville migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Millville chiropractic patients are manytimes
urged to exercise. Exercise seems like a endorsed
panacea for everything from back pain to migraine to depression to neck pain
and so much more. Why? It works. Exercise suppresses inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts
the microvascular system that possibly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise benefited migraine self-efficacy by permitting
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” resulted in statistically
significant reduction in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is welcomed by Millville
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise appears
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
noted to be better than exercise, but including
exercise into its use was suggested to be beneficial. Migraine sufferers
who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile
if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Wilson Family Chiropractic concurs
with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Kulla on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares
how he followed The
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with
migraine which included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.