We've probably all received countless prescriptions for the "maintain-a-healthy-lifestyle-that-includes-regular-exercise" pill. And I'll be the first to admit that on more than one occasion, I've dusted off my running shoes, downloaded my favorite 80s repertoire of exercise music inspiration, and spent an unmentionable amount of effort choosing the perfect spandex attire - but somehow I've never been able to make it stick.
Well here's new inspiration -- real proof that exercise can make a difference. A recent study by researchers at the Sahhlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden shows that exercise may be just as good as prescription drugs and relaxation techniques, at treating migraines . The researchers randomly assigned patients who suffer from migraines to one of three groups. In the first group, patients received the drug topiramate. Patients in the second group underwent relaxation techniques with a psychotherapist. In the third group, patients were told to exercise for 40 minutes, 3 times a week with a physiotherapist. All of the patients were evaluated after 3 and 6 month periods. In every single group, all patients showed a reduction in migraines - with no group doing better than another. The researchers hope that these findings are especially promising for patients who want to consider alternative migraine treatments .
So what more can I say other than, "...let's get physical, physical..."(I couldn't resist sharing Ms. John's 80s classic - sorry if it's stuck in your head now).
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