Migraine is a frustrating
condition for its sufferers. It is expensive in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs remain
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their
migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options.
Eugene migraine sufferers want choices!
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic suggests that exercise may be one
such positive option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Eugene migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain affects
the nervous system and 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 degenerating disability. These
changes do not emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, regular, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic reminds
our Eugene chiropractic patients with all types 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 an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a new comparison study of
neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to reduce
the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis
in Headache stated that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial
outcomes for Eugene migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Eugene chiropractic patients are often
urged 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 positively impacts
the microvascular system that possibly affects
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 lessened
migraine burden. How much exercise does this?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically
significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That’s appreciated by Eugene
migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported to be better than exercise, but including
exercise into its use was suggested to be 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic concurs
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a practical
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
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 appreciated relief by his patient.