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 request choices from their
migraine healthcare providers for non-drug alternatives.
San Jose migraine sufferers want alternative ideas!
Chiropractic Solutions puts forward that exercise may be one
such useful alternative.
EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Migraine is, for most San Jose migraine sufferers,
a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain affects
the nervous system as well as 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 declining disability. These
changes don’t come overnight. They come with
long-term, regular, individualized exercise resulting
in improvement in pain and function. (1) Chiropractic Solutions reminds
our San Jose chiropractic patients with all types 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. Case in point, a recent comparison project of
neck-specific exercise versus 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
dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable
outcomes for San Jose migraine treatment.
EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific
San Jose chiropractic patients are manytimes
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 suppresses inflammation
via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones
(growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise positively impacts
the microvascular system that certainly influences
a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific
to migraine, exercise helped 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” brought about statistically
significant drop in migraine frequency, intensity and
duration. That is appreciated by San Jose
migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems
to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were
reported to be better than exercise, but including
exercise into 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 valuable
if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Chiropractic Solutions agrees
with the researchers’ outcome: exercise is a reasonable
evidence-based recommendation for migraine prevention.
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
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 included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation
as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.