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McHenry 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 ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options. McHenry migraine sufferers want options! Spengel Chiropractic proposes that exercise may be one such beneficial choice.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most McHenry migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one and done condition. Chronic pain disrupts the nervous system and the specific pain-generating issue. Researchers described 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 declining disability. These changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Spengel Chiropractic tells our McHenry chiropractic patients with all types of conditions that it is slow and steady commitment that results in desired outcomes.

EXERCISE FOR MIGRAINE BEING STUDIED

Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for an easy, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For example, a recent comparison project 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 dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for McHenry migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

McHenry 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 certainly influences a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Specific to migraine, exercise benefited 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 drop in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That’s appreciated by McHenry migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise appears to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to 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) Spengel Chiropractic concurs with the researchers’ bottom-line: exercise is a practical 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 appreciated relief by his patient.

Schedule your next McHenry chiropractic appointment with Spengel Chiropractic to decrease the drain of migraine in your life with exercise and chiropractic care.
 
Spengel Chiropractic includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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