Migraine is a draining
condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs are still
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their
migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options.
Buffalo, NY migraine sufferers want choices!
The Novelli Wellness Center puts forward that exercise may be one
such useful choice.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Buffalo, NY migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one and done condition. Chronic pain affects
the nervous system and 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, regular, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) The Novelli Wellness Center tells
our Buffalo, NY 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 an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a recent 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 Buffalo, NY migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients are often
encouraged 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 constructively influences
the microvascular system that possibly influences
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific
to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by permitting
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 decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by Buffalo, NY
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 experience neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is valuable
if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) The Novelli Wellness Center agrees
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
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.