Migraine is a draining
condition for its sufferers. It is costly 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.
Lynchburg migraine sufferers want options!
Palmer Chiropractic Center suggests that exercise may be one
such useful option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Lynchburg migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain disrupts
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 a goal of changing the cycle of pain,
sedentariness, and declining disability. These
changes do not come overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Palmer Chiropractic Center reminds
our Lynchburg 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 recent meta-analysis
in Headache stated that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable
outcomes for Lynchburg migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Lynchburg chiropractic patients are often
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 influences
the microvascular system that possibly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise benefited 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 decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That’s appreciated by Lynchburg
migraine sufferers! Of course, 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 implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers
who also have neck pain or tension headache are reported as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Palmer Chiropractic Center agrees
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a practical
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Kulla on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents
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 welcomed relief by his patient.