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Fort Wayne Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

August 11, 2020

Migraine is a debilitating condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. 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 options! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc puts forward that exercise may be one such positive choice.


Migraine is, for most Fort Wayne migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one and done situation. Chronic pain disrupts 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 degenerating disability. These changes don’t come overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise resulting in improvement in pain and function. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tells our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients with all types of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.


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 set against sham ultrasound to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis in Headache explained that aerobic exercise for migraine patients dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial outcomes for Fort Wayne migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Fort Wayne 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 impacts the microvascular system that certainly affects a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific to migraine, exercise benefited 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 drop in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That’s welcomed by Fort Wayne migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems to allow 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 have neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc concurs with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a practical 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 describes how he followed The Cox® 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.

Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc to reduce the frustration of migraine in your life with exercise and chiropractic care.
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.