Baton Rouge Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a debilitating condition for its sufferers. It’s expensive in terms of pain, money, and pharmacological use need. Drugs are still the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their migraine healthcare providers for non-drug options. Baton Rouge migraine sufferers want options! Spine & Sports Rehab Center puts forward that exercise may be one such beneficial choice.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Baton Rouge migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one and done situation. Chronic pain disrupts the nervous system and the specific pain-generator. Researchers described 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, regular, individualized exercise giving rise to improvement in pain and function. (1) Spine & Sports Rehab Center tells our Baton Rouge 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 an easy, low-cost approach to migraine care. Case in point, a recent comparison study of neck-specific exercise set against 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 Baton Rouge migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Baton Rouge chiropractic patients are manytimes urged 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” resulted in statistically significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That is appreciated by Baton Rouge 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 implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers who also experience neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 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 appreciated relief by his patient.

 
Spine & Sports Rehab Center incorporates exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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