Migraine is a draining 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-pharamacological alternatives. Easley migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Young Chiropractic proposes that exercise may be one such positive alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Easley migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one and done situation. Chronic pain disrupts the nervous system as well as 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 emerge overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting in improvement in pain and function. (1) Young Chiropractic tells our Easley chiropractic patients with all sorts of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that gets the result.
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for a simple, low-cost approach to migraine care. For example, a recent comparison project of neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis in Headache explained that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Easley migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Easley chiropractic patients are manytimes urged 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 suppresses inflammation via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones (growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts the microvascular system that certainly influences a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific to migraine, exercise benefited migraine self-efficacy by permitting the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced migraine burden. How much exercise does this? “Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically significant reduction in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is appreciated by Easley migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were reported to be superior to exercise, but including exercise into its use was suggested to provide benefit. Migraine sufferers who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported as benefiting from exercise. Low impact is valuable if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Young Chiropractic agrees with the researchers’ outcome: 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 describes 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 welcomed relief by his patient.