Exercise, Serotonin, Headache and Migraine

June 30, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Reducing migraine, intensity of and need for medication with exercise

Reducing migraine and the need for medication with regular activity

Recent research from Sweden, published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, states regular activity can reduce the number of migraines, the intensity of migraines and the need for pain medication.

This supports Norwegian research which found that people who don’t exercise are 14 percent more likely to experience headache.

Why is it that these findings are met with surprise in some circles? This is not rocket science! The Brainstems in migraine sufferers are sensitised and exercise increases the production of serotonin. Serotinin desensitises the brainstem.

However some headache and migraine sufferers avoid exercise because it may trigger an attack – the challenge is to find a form of exercise which does not …. stay tuned!



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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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