Migraine is a frustrating
condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs are still
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their
migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological alternatives.
Largo migraine sufferers want options!
Hollstrom & Associates Inc proposes that exercise may be one
such positive alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Largo migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one
time situation. Chronic pain affects
the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generating
issue. 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 worsening disability. These
changes do not come overnight. They come with
long-term, regular, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Hollstrom & Associates Inc reminds
our Largo 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 an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. For
example, a new comparison study of
neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to reduce
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A recent meta-analysis
in Headache reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable
outcomes for Largo migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Largo chiropractic patients are manytimes
urged to exercise. Exercise seems like 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 impacts
the microvascular system that possibly 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 lessened
migraine burden. How much exercise produces this type of effect?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically
significant drop in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by Largo
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems
to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
noted to be better than exercise, but including
exercise into its use was implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers
who also have neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is valuable
if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Hollstrom & Associates Inc agrees
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Hollstrom & Associates Inc
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.