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Exercise For Migraine Sufferers

Posted by terrepruitt on May 21, 2015

Just yesterday I was visiting over on Twitter and I saw a tweet about cycling helping with migraines.  That sounded very interesting to me.  I, thankfully, don’t get migraines, but I feel as if I know a bunch of people who do.  And a migraine is not just a headache, so I have great sympathy for migraine sufferers.  I rarely get headaches and when I do, I do not like it.  It is so uncomfortable.  When I get a headache, since I rarely get them, I know there is a REASON.  I don’t just GET headaches, there has to be SOMETHING that is making me have a headache.  Most of the time I can figure it out and fix it.  Sometimes I can figure it out but I can’t fix it, but at least I know why I have a headache.  Headaches are awful.  I know that migraines are WAY worse than headaches.  Some have very severe pain, more than just “headache pain” and some migraine sufferers have additional symptoms like dizziness, blindness, vomiting, and more.  So, as I said, I thought that “cycling for migraines” sounded interested.  It was a video report.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYoFirst of all, I would call it “spinning” not cycling.  But . . that is perhaps just me.  I think of cycling as riding a bicycle and riding it outside.  The video was about what many people call “spinning” as in riding a stationary bike in a spin class and the video does actually call it “indoor cycling”.  I think that riding a bicycle outside is way different from riding a stationary bike in a class.  One reason that spinning might be a good form of exercise for migraine sufferers is that the head can remain pretty much stationary.  On a bike ride outside the could possibly be bouncing involved and jolting of the head might aggravate a migraine.  So it makes sense that stationary would be better and could be good.  It could be just be called “spinning” at the gyms and venues that I am familiar with.

So basically the video said that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.  Now I am guessing that the number stated are reported migraine sufferers.  I bet there are a lot more people who don’t even go to the doctor or report to anyone that they suffer from migraines.  So I imagine that is a low number.  It also said that low impact exercise is good for migraine sufferers, because their head doesn’t move and there is not jolting.

The video also said that there was a Swedish study in 2008 where most of the participates showed improvement after being in a 3 month cycling program.

It ended the spinning segment by saying no one is saying that cycling (spinning) is a cure, but they are suggesting it can help people who suffer from migraines cope with the pain.  Often time exercise helps people cope with pain and other things that are affecting them.  It is a matter of finding the RIGHT exercise.  Something that does not exacerbate the issues they are having.  But movement helps so many areas of our being.  I am always one to suggest Nia as an aide, but in the case of migraines I can understand how one might not want to move their head.  I have never actually tried spinning.  But I know in Nia we move the head a lot.

Do you suffer from migraines?  Have you ever taken a spinning class?

4 Responses to “Exercise For Migraine Sufferers”

  1. This is informative. I do suffer from bouts of migrane. Can be really draining. thank you for visiting my blog! It was wonderful to have you over. Hope you had a wonderful time. Here’s to many more encounters 🙂

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