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-pharamacological options.
Fort Wayne migraine sufferers want choices!
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc proposes that exercise may be one
such useful alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Fort Wayne migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one and done situation. Chronic pain disrupts
the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generating
issue. Researchers explained evidence that exercise helps a
variety of chronic pain conditions including migraine directly and indirectly
with an aim to change the cycle of pain,
sedentariness, and declining disability. These
changes do not emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tells
our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients with all sorts 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 a
simple, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For
example, a recent comparison project of
neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease
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 Fort Wayne migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Fort Wayne chiropractic patients are often
urged 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 suppresses inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts
the microvascular system that certainly affects
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific
to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by allowing
the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced
migraine burden. How much exercise produces this type of effect?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” resulted in statistically
significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That’s appreciated by Fort Wayne
migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise appears
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported 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 as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc concurs
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc
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 included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.