The effect of aerobic exercise in reducing migraine-associated burden in individuals with comorbid tension-type headache and neck pain may not be mediated by an effect on nociceptive pathways.
Aerobic exercise may improve migraine frequency, intensity of pain, and the duration of tension-type headache.
Recent research has found that exercise reduced the burden of migraine and the ability to engage in physical activity by reducing the effect of tension-type headache and neck pain.
A large variability in the impact of physical activity on pain during acute migraine attacks was found in women who were overweight and obese.
Connective tissue massage combined with exercise was shown to reduce fibromyalgia-associated symptoms and to improve quality of life.
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends exercise to prevent falls in at-risk community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older.
Physiotherapy combined with routine or stabilization exercises is effective for reducing pain and improving muscle dimensions in patients with nonspecific chronic low back pain.
Setting aside time for exercise can make you a better physician by increasing your confidence to counsel patients and your perceived success to do so.
An expert-guided, self-help exercise program may help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Yoga only led to moderate improvements compared with exercise or no exercise interventions in patients with low back pain.
Dr Bushnell suggests practicing yoga, as long-term yogis have higher pain tolerance and increased gray matter—including in pain-modulating brain areas—compared with that of non-practitioners.
At post-treatment examination, participants in the exercise group demonstrated a significantly greater improvement in general fatigue, physical fatigue, and mental fatigue, compared to the active control group.
Clarifying these mechanisms will allow a compelling argument to be made for exercise therapy with the goal of improving chronic pain.
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