Migraine? Exercising might help

Migraine Exercising might help

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  • Posted on 02/25/2021

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    Not recommended during crises, regular physical exercise can, however, act as a preventive measure on the appearance of migraines. A new study from the American Academy of Neurology provides more information on the subject.

    Carried out upstream of the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology to be held in April, this new research was conducted with more than 4,000 migraine patients. About three-quarters of the participants suffered from chronic migraines (15 or more migraines per month) and one-quarter from episodic migraines (up to 14 per month).

    Participants completed a questionnaire to describe the characteristics of their migraines, as well as the nature and amount of physical exercise performed each week. The types of physical exercise cited in this study concern moderate or intense activities (cleaning, jogging, brisk walking, cycling, etc.).

    Not surprisingly, people who reported playing sports regularly had lower rates of stress and anxiety. Researchers have also established a link between regular physical activity and the frequency of migraine attacks.

    Among participants who reported not exercising regularly, 48% had a high frequency of risk of migraines (25 attacks per month or more), compared to only 28% among patients accustomed to doing at least two and a half hours of migraine. physical activity per week.
    A chronic disease, migraine has been known for a long time, but the symptoms and factors likely to trigger an attack vary greatly from one patient to another, which can make its management complex. A migraine attack is most often characterized by a throbbing or throbbing pain in a localized part of the skull. It can last for several hours or several days, with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, as well as an intolerance to noise and / or light.

    Among the most well-known factors triggering these crises, we can cite stress, fatigue or a sudden change of pace. These criteria are closely linked to our lifestyles, so it is sometimes possible to act as a preventive measure to naturally reduce the frequency of migraines. Like physical activity then.

    “People with migraine should consider incorporating more exercise into their daily lives, as it can be a safe and inexpensive way to manage and minimize some of the other problems that often accompany migraine,” says Mason Dyess, researcher at the University of Washington (Seattle, United States) and member of the American Academy of Neurology.

    Lea Drouelle