Friday, April 17, 2009

Migriaine: Safe Exercise for Migraine Sufferers


Many of us, who suffer from migraines are not able to, or choose to avoid aerobic exercise because of the fear that physical activity may bring on a serious migraine attack. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, say they have developed an exercise program that can improve fitness without aggravating the migraine condition.

"We could see that those who participated in the study were much fitter after the training period, since their ability to absorb oxygen increased considerably," says physiotherapist Emma Varkey, one of the researchers behind the study.

The program involves using an exercise bike under the guidance of a physiotherapist. A low impact ride on a stationary bicycle allows the migraineur to exercise in a way that increases oxygen intake, and burns calories without necessarily initiating a migraine.

Personally, I believe that a slow ride in the park (and maybe memory lane?) maybe just what the doctor ordered. But, if you are light sensitive, a stationary bike would allow you to get the same amount of exercise in a low light environment. Turn on the fan and feel the wind in your hair ;?)

-- Andy