Why is physical activity recommended in treating chronic migraine?
Physical inactivity has been found to increase inflammation within the body, and this can often exacerbate the pain felt by those with chronic migraine.
“I think that inactivity, just from a general health standpoint, has been proven to be very unhealthy, and the kind of unhealthy [that] builds up the inflammatory mediators in the body that come with metabolic syndrome and all of the problems of Western medicine. I think that that can be very exacerbated in the bad migraine patient whose disease is so bad it hurts for them to move and they're really not interested, but they need to do something.”
William B. Young, MD
Neurologist and Headache Specialist
Jefferson Headache Center
Dr. William Young is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of migraine. He serves as the director of the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He instructs neurologists on headache medicine and regularly publishes research on the topic. He is board-certified in neurology, psychiatry, and headache medicine. Dr. Young is a passionate advocate on eradicating the stigma of migraine. He fights on Capitol Hill for greater funding and research on migraine. In addition to his roles at the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology, he is also president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders.