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Ashburn 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 need. Drugs are still the “gold standard” of care. Patients often request choices from their migraine healthcare providers for non-drug alternatives. Ashburn migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn puts forward that exercise may be one such useful alternative.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Ashburn migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not usually a one time 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 worsening disability. These changes don’t come overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn tells our Ashburn chiropractic patients with all sorts 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 a simple, inexpensive approach to migraine care. Case in point, a new comparison study of neck-specific exercise versus sham ultrasound to decrease 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 beneficial outcomes for Ashburn migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Ashburn 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 suppresses 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 reduced 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’s welcomed by Ashburn migraine sufferers! Naturally, higher intensity exercise appears to bring about more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be better than exercise, but including exercise into its use was implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers who also have neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is valuable if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 describes 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.

 
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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