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Carrolltown Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a frustrating condition for its sufferers. It’s 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-pharamacological options. Carrolltown migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation puts forward that exercise may be one such beneficial option.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Carrolltown migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not usually a one and done condition. Chronic pain disrupts the nervous system and 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 don’t come overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise giving rise to improvement in pain and function. (1) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation reminds our Carrolltown chiropractic patients with all types 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. Case in point, a new comparison study of neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A recent meta-analysis in Headache stated that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Carrolltown migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Carrolltown chiropractic patients are often 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 stifles inflammation via reduction of inflammatory modulators (many cytokines) and stress hormones (growth hormone and cortisol). Exercise constructively impacts the microvascular system that possibly influences 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 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’s appreciated by Carrolltown migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were reported 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 valuable if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation concurs with the researchers’ outcome: 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 included Cox® Technic spinal manipulation as well as exercise for welcomed relief by his patient.

 
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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