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Exercise program may help migraine sufferers

While physical exercise has been shown to trigger migraine headaches among sufferers, a new study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain describes an exercise program that is well tolerated by patients. The findings show that the program decreased the frequency of headaches and improved quality of life.

The study used a sample of migraine sufferers who were examined before, during and after an aerobic exercise intervention. The program was based on indoor cycling (for continuous aerobic exercise) and was designed to improve maximal oxygen uptake without worsening the patients’ migraines.

After the treatment period, patients’ maximum oxygen uptake increased significantly. There was no worsening of migraine status at any time during the study period and, during the last month of treatment, there was a significant decrease in the number of migraine attacks, the number of days with migraine per month, headache intensity and amount of headache medication used.

An abstract of the publication can be found at the Wiley InterScience website. More about this in the video below by Dr. Rhonda Low from CTV:

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Comment from Celine
Time April 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM

ok i just like to point out that VIGOROUS exercise COULD trigger migraines. People who suffer from migraine can have regular exercise without worrying that this might trigger an attack. However, during a migraine attack , exercising is not recommended because it might make it worse

Comment from Liliane
Time April 22, 2009 at 3:47 AM

Celine! You and I should be in a migraine support group. Definitely, during a migraine attack stay away from any movement, and of course, light sound.. I usually dont just settle for laying in bed, i trie to lay my head on a soft pillow and not move an inch! just stay still for a coupla hours until I fall asleep..

Comment from Celine
Time April 22, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Hey Liliane

Just a peace of advice, when u have migraine and ur laying down, apply a cold towel on ur forhead. The colder , the better. It really helps and it eases the pain

Take care :)

Comment from Liliane
Time May 13, 2009 at 1:49 AM

I wish I read that 3 days ago lol. But I thought this helps in the case of fever only. Glad to know, will try it next time. :)

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