Migraine is a draining
condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs remain
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their
migraine healthcare providers for non-drug alternatives.
Sandy Springs migraine sufferers want choices!
Cross Chiropractic Center puts forward that exercise may be one
such useful option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Sandy Springs migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one
time situation. Chronic pain disrupts
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 declining disability. These
changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center tells
our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients with all types 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, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For
example, a recent comparison study of
neck-specific exercise set against 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 beneficial
outcomes for Sandy Springs migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Sandy Springs chiropractic patients are manytimes
encouraged 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 suppresses inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively influences
the microvascular system that certainly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by allowing
the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced
migraine burden. How much exercise does this?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” resulted in statistically
significant drop in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That’s appreciated by Sandy Springs
migraine sufferers! Naturally, 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 suggested to provide
benefit. Migraine sufferers
who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center agrees
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Cross 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 appreciated relief by his patient.