Migraine is a frustrating
condition for its sufferers. It is costly in terms of
pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs are still
the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their
migraine healthcare providers for non-drug options.
Manahawkin migraine sufferers want choices!
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center proposes that exercise may be one
such beneficial option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Manahawkin migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one
time 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 worsening disability. These
changes do not come overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise giving rise to improvement in pain and function. (1) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center reminds
our Manahawkin chiropractic patients with all sorts of
conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired
EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED
Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for an easy, inexpensive approach to migraine care. Case in point, a recent comparison project of
neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease
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 Manahawkin migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Manahawkin chiropractic patients are manytimes
urged 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 stifles inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts
the microvascular system that possibly influences
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 produces this type of effect?
“Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically
significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is welcomed by Manahawkin
migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
noted to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to its use was suggested to be beneficial. Migraine sufferers
who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is valuable
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center concurs
with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a practical
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Manahawkin 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 incorporated Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.