Migraine is a frustrating
condition for its sufferers. It is expensive in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs remain
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their
migraine healthcare providers for non-drug alternatives.
Fort Wayne migraine sufferers want options!
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic suggests that exercise may be one
such useful choice.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Fort Wayne migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one
time condition. Chronic pain disturbs
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 bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic reminds
our Fort Wayne 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, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For
example, a new comparison study of
neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to decrease
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis
in Headache stated that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial
outcomes for Fort Wayne migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Fort Wayne chiropractic patients are often
encouraged 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 influences
the microvascular system that possibly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific
to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by allowing
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 drop in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by Fort Wayne
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise appears
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported to be superior to 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 valuable
if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic concurs
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a practical
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic 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.