Using exercise to manage migraine pain

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(CNN) – Migraines can take their toll but as they’re about to start, there may be other non-drug related ways to manage the disorder.

Medications can alleviate migraine symptoms, but there is no cure.

There’s not one thing we can do to end the migraines for all time at this point. But there are a lot of different options that we can offer and we can hopefully and most likely get you to a better place than where you are.

Dr. Carolyn Bernstein runs the headache center at Boston’s Beth Israel-Deaconess medical center.  A migraine sufferer herself, Bernstein is exploring alternative ways to manage the disease.

One thing she’s come up with: Indoor cycling. It’s a form of exercise ideal for migraine sufferers, Bernstein says, because it’s low-impact, there’s no pounding and its possible cycling could have a beneficial effect on headaches.

When we exercise, a lot of the time we feel better afterwards. We get all kinds of neurotransmitters going in our brain that can decrease pain levels.

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