Groton Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a debilitating condition for its sufferers. It’s costly in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use necessity. Drugs remain the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options. Groton migraine sufferers want choices! Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office suggests that exercise may be one such beneficial option.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Groton migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one time situation. Chronic pain disturbs 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 worsening disability. These changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office tells our Groton chiropractic patients with all types of conditions that it’s 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. For example, a recent comparison study of neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis in Headache reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Groton migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Groton chiropractic patients are often 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. Specific to migraine, exercise helped migraine self-efficacy by permitting the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which reduced migraine burden. How much exercise does this? “Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” resulted in statistically significant drop in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is appreciated by Groton migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise seems to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be superior to exercise, but including exercise into its use was suggested to provide benefit. 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) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office agrees 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 shares 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 welcomed relief by his patient.

 
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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