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.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
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
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 recent comparison project of
neck-specific exercise versus 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” brought about 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.
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
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.