Effect of Moderate Intensity Aerobic Exercise on Migraine Headache Indexes and Quality of Life Improvement in Women with Migraine

Author: Z. Pairo; A.H. Parnow; P. Sari-aslani; R. Eslami
Language: English
Published: 2016
Source: Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ Articles
Online Access: http://hms.gmu.ac.ir/article-1-2370-en.pdf
Identification number: ftdoajarticles:oai:doaj.org/article:93457afea1a54eb4b7534d4ece14359e


Aims: The beneficial effects of physical activities on migraine indices, i. e. frequency, duration, and intensity of the attacks, have been proved by different studies. Despite the fact, it is required to notice the sport characteristics, such as intensity, duration, repetition, and type of the sport, to investigate the beneficial effects of the physical activities on migraine treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the Moderate Intensity Aerobic (MIA) exercises on the migraine indices and quality of life in women with migraine. Materials & Methods: In the controlled random semi-experimental study, 20 non-athlete women with migraine were studied in Kermanshah in 2015. The subjects were divided into two groups including control and MIA groups (n=10 per group). 8-weak MIA exercises (13-15 Borg RPE Scale) consisted of three 40-minute sessions a weak. The migraine indices of the subjects (frequency, duration, and intensity) were measured one month before and after the exercises. In addition, the quality of life and the aerobic power of the subjects were assessed 48 hours before and after the exercises. Data was analyzed by SPSS 21 software using ANCOVA, LSD post-hoc, and independent T tests. Findings: MIA exercises resulted in significant reductions in the intensity, frequency, and duration of headache attacks, as well as an increase in the aerobic power (p<0.001). Passing from pretest to posttest, the variable change percentage was significant between control and exercise groups (p<0.05). Conclusion: MIA exercises lead to a reduction in the migraine headache, as well as an improvement in the quality of life and aerobic readiness, in the women with migraine.