Best Exercise Options for People With Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Why is daily movement just as important as strength training and aerobic exercise?
  • How does biofeedback help with exercise?
  • How can exercise physiologists help us get a fresh start with exercising?
  • What is the best way to change a sedentary lifestyle?
  • What is behavioral activation?
  • What are some of the physical benefits of exercise?
  • What are some tips for starting a new exercise routine?
  • What is the best way to set exercise goals?
  • What is self-efficacy?
  • What is an effective but realistic way to schedule exercise if you have migraine disease?
  • Why are neck exercises so important if you have migraine disease?
  • How should you exercise during a migraine attack?
  • What is the best way to deal with setbacks in your exercise routine?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Aerobic activity
  • Behavioral activation
  • Biofeedback
  • Strength training
  • Stress management
  • Yoga (seated or standing)

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Seng, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, Research Associate Professor of Neurology
Yeshiva University; Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth K. Seng is an associate professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and a research associate professor at the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Seng’s research is broadly focused on behavioral management of pain and headache disorders, particularly migraine. She is interested in the psychosocial factors associated with migraine attack onset, higher attack frequency, and migraine-related disability. She is also interested in improving acute medication adherence.

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