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Toronto 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 remain the “gold standard” of care. Patients often ask their migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological alternatives. Toronto migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre puts forward that exercise may be one such useful choice.

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Migraine is, for most Toronto migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain disrupts the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generating issue. Researchers explained 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 worsening disability. These changes don’t emerge overnight. They come with long-term, consistent, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre tells our Toronto 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. 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 dropped the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Toronto migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Toronto chiropractic patients are manytimes urged 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 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 benefited migraine self-efficacy by allowing 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 welcomed by Toronto migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems 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 have neck pain or tension headache are reported as benefiting from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile if high impact exercise is not doable. (4) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre concurs with the researchers’ outcome: 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 describes 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 welcomed relief by his patient.

 
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre incorporates exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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