Oxford 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 need. Drugs are still the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-drug options. Oxford migraine sufferers want choices! Satterwhite Chiropractic suggests that exercise may be one such beneficial alternative.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Oxford migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one time condition. Chronic pain disturbs the nervous system and the specific pain-generator. 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 degenerating disability. These changes do not emerge overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Satterwhite Chiropractic reminds our Oxford 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. For example, 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 reported that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Oxford migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Oxford chiropractic patients are often encouraged 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 certainly affects a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise benefited 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 Oxford migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems to allow 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic 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.

Schedule your next Oxford chiropractic appointment with Satterwhite Chiropractic to reduce the frustration of migraine in your life with exercise and chiropractic care.
 
Satterwhite Chiropractic incorporates exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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