Exercise and Migraines

Having a regular exercise regimen can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches or migraines. The body releases endorphins when you exercise. Endorphins are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that activates the body’s opiate receptors causing an analgesic effect. Endorphins are also referred to as the body’s natural pain killers.

Exercise is also a stress reducer and helps you sleep better at night. Stress and lack of sleep are two known migraine triggers. Studies have actually shown that exercise or regular relaxation exercise can be equally effective in reducing migraines as your medications.

However, some people may get headaches or migraines when they exercise. That is why it is important to come up with a plan to prevent these headaches or migraines before you exercise. A simple plan may include staying hydrated, eat before your exercise, and warm up exercises.

Call us at the Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology and one of our expert providers would be happy to assist you with an individualized care plan on how to implement exercise with migraines.