About one in six American suffers from chronic headaches. In addition to the physical pain, headaches are financially “painful.” For example, it is estimated that absenteeism from work and medical expenses as a result of headaches cost as much as $50 billion each year.
So what can we do?
A new study compared treatments for a specific type of chronic headaches: migraines.
91 migraine sufferers were randomly assigned to:
- Exercise: 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week
After three months, all three groups had improved equally. So, both exercise and relaxation were as effective as the medication group.
The take home message? If you suffer from headaches, try adding exercise and relaxation to your regimen. Unlike medication (if done correctly), there are no negative side effects of these intervention. There are, however, lots of positive side effects including: boosts in happiness, reduced stress, improved self-confidence, increased productivity and clarity, increased ability to sleep…