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Friday, 14 October 2011 09:50

Physical Activity can be key to Migraine Prevention

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Regular Exercise Seems to Guard Against Migraine
-migraine-headachesExercise can prevent migraine, just as well as drugs or relaxation techniques suggest a new study from Sweden

In a news release the study lead author Emma Varkey, a physiotherapist and doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg said "Our conclusion is that exercise can act as an alternative to relaxations and the migraine drug (topiramate) when it comes to preventing migraines, and is particularly appropriate for patients who are unwilling or unable to take preventative medicines,

The study author Varkey and colleagues evaluated 91 migraine patients for three months. During this phase one third of the patients were asked to exercise for 40 minutes three times each week, another third of participants were engaged in performing relaxation techniques and the last third were prescribed topiramate. The researchers also followed up with the patients three and six months after the treatments ended.

Study findings
The study, published in the current issue of the journal Cephalalgia, found that the patients in all three groups experienced fewer migraines. The study authors said exercise was just as effective in preventing migraine as the medication and the relaxation techniques.

Experts’ opinion
One expert agreed that physical activity can be key to migraine prevention.

"The study clearly shows the importance of an exercise program," said Dr. Robert Duarte, director of the Pain Center at The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, N.Y. "Exercise is another form of relaxation and is well known to cause a release in endorphins, the body's own pain-reducing substances. Migraine patients should be strongly advised to introduce an exercise program as part of their migraine prevention program."

But, Duarte added that patients "should see a primary medical doctor before starting an exercise routine."

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