Migraine is a frustrating condition for its sufferers. It is costly in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs are still the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their migraine healthcare providers for non-drug options. Nashua migraine sufferers want choices! Moriarty Chiropractic proposes that exercise may be one such beneficial option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Nashua migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one time condition. Chronic pain affects the nervous system and the specific pain-generator. 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, consistent, individualized exercise giving rise to improvement in pain and function. (1) Moriarty Chiropractic reminds our Nashua chiropractic patients with all types of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.
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 recent meta-analysis in Headache explained that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Nashua migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Nashua chiropractic patients are manytimes encouraged 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 stifles inflammation via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones (growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise constructively impacts the microvascular system that possibly affects a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, 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 reduction in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is welcomed by Nashua migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were reported to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to its use was suggested to provide benefit. 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) Moriarty Chiropractic agrees with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable 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 shares how he followed The Cox® 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.