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Brooks Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a draining condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs remain the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-drug alternatives. Brooks migraine sufferers want options! Soft Health and Healing Clinic proposes that exercise may be one such positive alternative.


Migraine is, for most Brooks migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain affects the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generating issue. Researchers explained 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 come overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting in improvement in pain and function. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic reminds our Brooks chiropractic patients with all types of conditions that it is slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.


Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a recent comparison project of neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis in Headache reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial outcomes for Brooks migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Brooks 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 stifles 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. Specific to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by permitting the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced 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 Brooks migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic agrees with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a practical 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 shares 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 appreciated relief by his patient.

Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic to decrease the frustration of migraine in your life with exercise and chiropractic care.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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