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Manahawkin Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

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.


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 outcomes.


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.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents how he followed The Cox® 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.

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center incorporates exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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