Southern New Hampshire Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

August 11, 2020

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 request choices from their migraine healthcare providers for non-pharamacological options. Southern New Hampshire migraine sufferers want options! New Hampshire Spine and Sport proposes that exercise may be one such positive alternative.


Migraine is, for most Southern New Hampshire migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It’s not usually a one time condition. Chronic pain affects the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generator. 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 do not emerge overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) New Hampshire Spine and Sport tells our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients with all sorts of conditions that it’s slow and steady commitment that gets the result.


Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for a simple, inexpensive approach to migraine care. For example, a recent comparison project 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 decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are valuable outcomes for Southern New Hampshire migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients are manytimes urged to exercise. Exercise seems like 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 positively impacts the microvascular system that certainly influences a certain type of cortical spreading depression. Migraine specifically, exercise helped 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” brought about statistically significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That’s appreciated by Southern New Hampshire migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were noted to be better than exercise, but including exercise into its use was suggested to be 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) New Hampshire Spine and Sport 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 presents 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 welcomed relief by his patient.

New Hampshire Spine and Sport incorporates exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.