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La Grande Migraine Sufferers May Find Exercise and Chiropractic Help

Migraine is a draining condition for its sufferers. It is 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-drug alternatives. La Grande migraine sufferers want alternative ideas! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC proposes that exercise may be one such beneficial option.


Migraine is, for most La Grande migraine sufferers, a chronic pain condition. It is not typically a one and done condition. Chronic pain disturbs the nervous system as well as the specific pain-generator. Researchers described 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 degenerating disability. These changes do not come overnight. They come with long-term, regular, individualized exercise bringing about improvement in pain and function. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC reminds our La Grande chiropractic patients with all sorts of conditions that it is slow and steady commitment that gets the result.


Researchers and migraine sufferers alike hold out hope for an easy, inexpensive approach to migraine care. Case in point, a new comparison study of neck-specific exercise set against sham ultrasound to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. (2) A new meta-analysis in Headache stated that aerobic exercise for migraine patients decreased the number of migraine days. (3) These are beneficial outcomes for La Grande migraine treatment.

EXERCISE BENEFITS: Overall and Migraine Specific

La Grande chiropractic patients are often encouraged 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 stifles 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 permitting the migraine sufferer to have a sense of control which lessened migraine burden. How much exercise does this? “Sufficiently rigorous aerobic exercise” resulted in statistically significant decrease in migraine frequency, intensity and duration. That’s appreciated by La Grande migraine sufferers! Of course, higher intensity exercise seems to allow more benefit. Pharmacological drugs like topiramate were reported to be better than exercise, but adding exercise to its use was implied as being beneficial. Migraine sufferers who also have neck pain or tension headache are reported to benefit from exercise. Low impact is worthwhile if high impact exercise is not possible. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC agrees with the researchers’ bottom-line: 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 presents 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.

Schedule your next La Grande chiropractic appointment with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC to decrease the debilitation of migraine in your life with exercise and chiropractic care.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC includes exercise into the chiropractic treatment plan for migraine relief.
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