Entry #18 (Findings from Research Level 17)
Exercise is one of the key components to healing from migraines. It's a great way to ease tension and improve one's range of motion for long term benefits. You are spending more of the energy that the migraine could be using to stay around longer. It's good to create hungry muscles so to speak. Keep in mind that even if you have a migraine and it's not a 9 or 10 out of 10; continue to go. The migraine may rise while you're working out but it will decline afterwards. It's essential to do oxygen-based exercises with a lot of breathing. I'm trying to go at least 3 times per week for 30 to 40 minute sessions each time. This involves lifting weights mostly in a unique 9 rotational circuit plan that I made. In terms of cardio, I walk around 40 to 60 minutes per day out in the elements before and after work. A few good practices if you suffer from Chronic tension migraines like me is stretching exercises designed for the neck and shoulders that seem to tense up often. (drop chin down, rotate slowly in half circles, first right direction and then back to the left, then from side to side.) A coworker recently suggested going to see a miracle osteopath who works out of Montreal, Quebec. Apparently, in just three sessions; he can cure migraines. I will get his contact info in the near and venture his way in 2018. Another strategy is to build and maintain your own personal laugh library of things that really make you laugh. For me, it is the television show from the early 90's called MARTIN by Martin Lawrence and co. In 2018, I plan to watch all 5 seasons consecutively and chronically. (One episode per day, hmmm..) If you have a migraine that is unbearable like a 10/10, do remember not to eat otherwise you are simply fueling it.