In the vast majority of patients suffering from primary headaches, violations of the musculoskeletal system can be detected. Thus, postural disorders and myofascial pain points were detected in 8 out of 10 patients. Regardless of the causal relationship between headache and musculoskeletal disorders, treatment aimed at correcting myofascial pain improves the patient’s condition.
Aerobic exercise with the active incorporation of the neck and chewing muscles has also proven to be effective in relieving headaches.
In the course of a controlled randomized study involving 20 people suffering from migraine, the preventive effect of traditional aerobics on headaches has been proven. Exercises were performed three times a week for 6 weeks. The intensity of headaches in exercise patients decreased by 44%, and the duration by 36%, while in the control group the nature of headaches remained the same.
In the course of a recent study, 36 patients suffering from migraine, performed aerobic exercises according to a specific pattern (10 min warm-up, 20 min aerobics, 10 min hitch) three times a week for 6 weeks. This open study demonstrated similar results in reducing the frequency, severity, and duration of a headache. Exercises to stretch the muscles of the neck can reduce not only the frequency of headaches, but also the severity of pain attacks. The effectiveness of stretching increases when performing such exercises in the shower or warm bath, especially if you first apply a warm roller on the neck for 15 minutes. E
If the pain does not stop after stretching, you can use an ice pack. In a cross-sectional study, the effectiveness of headache treatment for physical exercise (including stretching the neck muscles at home) was compared with a biofeedback method. In the initial phase of the study, the effectiveness of exercise therapy was confirmed only in 14% compared to that in 41% of individuals treated with relaxation training methods.