London: Scientists have found that regular workouts help prevent migraines just as well as relaxation therapy and a common prescription drug. All three treatments reduced the frequency of some women’s migraine attacks by as much as three quarters - although the average reduction was more modest. Scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden were surprised to find using an exercise bike three times a week could have such a potent effect. The team, led by Dr Emma Varkey, studied 91 women aged between 18 and 65 years old from a single headache clinic in Sweden.They had neurologist-diagnosed migraine, with or without aura, and got headaches two to eight times per month.Previous studies have shown that both relaxation therapy and the prescription drug topiramate are able to prevent migraines. The latest study found exercise is just as effective. “It was a bit surprising and very interesting that the change in number of migraine attacks was almost similar in all three groups,” the Daily Mail quoted r Dr Varkey as saying. “This non-pharmacological approach may therefore be an option for the prophylactic treatment of migraine in patients who do not benefit from or do not want daily medication,” she added.
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