Exercise and migraine

Many people with headache and migraine avoid exercise to keep migraines from coming.

Research has shown that women who intentionally avoid physical activity actually have twice as many migraine attacks as women who do not avoid physical activity.

Some scientific studies have shown that physical activity actually reduces the frequency and severity of migraine. It is thought that it may be helpful because exercise reduces stress and helps with sleep. Additionally, it releases endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. For this reason, it is important for people with migraines to get regular exercise 2 to 3 times per week.

For more information on the type of exercise that is right for you, speak to your health care provider.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP