Migraine is a frustrating
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-drug alternatives.
Montreal migraine sufferers want options!
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic puts forward that exercise may be one
such positive option.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most Montreal migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one
time condition. Chronic pain disturbs
the nervous system and the specific pain-generator. 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 worsening disability. These
changes do not emerge overnight. They come with
long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic tells
our Montreal 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, 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 recent meta-analysis
in Headache explained that aerobic exercise for migraine patients
decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable
outcomes for Montreal migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
Montreal chiropractic patients are manytimes
encouraged to exercise. Exercise seems like a endorsed
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 influences
the microvascular system that possibly influences
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific
to migraine, exercise benefited migraine self-efficacy by permitting
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” resulted in statistically
significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by Montreal
migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears
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 have neck pain or tension headache are reported as
benefiting from exercise. Low impact is valuable
if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic concurs
with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. David Kulla on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares
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.