Migraine is a draining
condition for its sufferers. It is costly in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs are still
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their
migraine healthcare providers for non-drug options.
West Palm Beach migraine sufferers want alternative ideas!
Chiropractic Care proposes that exercise may be one
such beneficial alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most West Palm Beach migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one and done condition. Chronic pain disturbs
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 worsening disability. These
changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Chiropractic Care reminds
our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients with all sorts of
conditions that it is slow and steady commitment that gets the result.
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for a
simple, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For
example, a new comparison project of
neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A recent meta-analysis
in Headache reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial
outcomes for West Palm Beach migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
West Palm Beach chiropractic patients are often
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 stifles inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts
the microvascular system that possibly influences
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 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’s appreciated by West Palm Beach
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported 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 valuable
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Chiropractic Care concurs
with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Kulla on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
how he followed The
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with
migraine which incorporated Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for welcomed relief by his patient.