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Burlington and Hamilton Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a draining condition for its sufferers. It is expensive 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 alternatives. Burlington and Hamilton migraine sufferers want options! Spinal Care Clinic puts forward that exercise may be one such positive choice.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Burlington and Hamilton migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one time situation. Chronic pain affects the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generating issue. Researchers explained 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 declining disability. These changes do not come overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise resulting in improvement in pain and function. (1) Spinal Care Clinic tells our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients with all sorts of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.

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 study of neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to decrease 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 beneficial outcomes for Burlington and Hamilton migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients are often urged to exercise. Exercise appears to be 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 constructively impacts the microvascular system that possibly affects a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by allowing the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced migraine burden. How much exercise does this? “Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” brought about statistically significant reduction in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is welcomed by Burlington and Hamilton migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be better than exercise, but including exercise into 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 worthwhile if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Spinal Care Clinic concurs with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a reasonable 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 included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation as well as exercise for appreciated relief by his patient.

 
Spinal Care Clinic includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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