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Headache. 1991 Oct;31(9):616-8.

The use of exercise as a method of aborting migraine.

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  • 1York University, Graduate Programme in Psychology, Ontario.


Exercise, as a method of migraine management has been discussed theoretically and tested empirically. The consensus is that exercise can help to reduce the frequency, intensity and/or duration of migraine attacks. Conversely, there are case studies which, with few exceptions, suggest that periods of exercise can precipitate a migraine headache. The literature concurs, however, that one should not attempt exercise when in the midst of an attack. The present article presents a case study of a woman who found prompt relief from her migraines with strenuous exercise.

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