Balance Exercises Assist Migraine Effects

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    Most people who suffer with migraines have associated symptoms which can be helped with a regular routine of balance exercises. Please see Often times migraines are accompanied with symptoms of  photophobia (sensitivity to light) or phonosensitivity (intolerance to noise), as well as nausea and/or vomiting as well as the inability to perform daily tasks. Additionally, approximately 40% of migraine patients have some accompanying vestibular syndrome involving disruption in their balance and/or dizziness at one time or another. This may be prior to, during, after, or totally independent of their migraine event. Some interesting parallels exist between migraine and non-migrainous vestibular dysfunction. Many of the food and environmental triggers for migraineurs are the same as those for patients with non-migrainous vestibular dysfunction. Hormonal fluctuations, foods, and weather changes (barometric-pressure variations) often exacerbate both conditions. Finally, diet modifications and certain medications used in migraine management may ameliorate or prevent the vestibular component of the migraine. Interestingly enough, some of the analgesic medications for the pain do not resolve the dizziness and medications for the dizziness often do not resolve the painful headache. The clinical presentation of vestibular symptoms that often correlate with migraine3 includes—but is not limited to—dizziness; motion intolerance with respect to head, eyes, and/or body; spontaneous vertigo attacks (often accompanied by nausea and vomiting); diminished eye focus with photosensitivity; sound sensitivity and tinnitus; balance loss and ataxia; cervicalgia (neck pain) with associated muscle spasms in the upper cervical spine musculature; confusion with altered cognition; spatial disorientation; and anxiety/panic. The symptoms of imbalance can be eased by practicing balance exercises every day.

Balance Exercises For Symptoms Accompanying Migraines

     An ongoing routine of  balance exercises can help minimize symptoms of disequilibrium for those times when a migraine hits. People who experience migraines typically have symptoms of vertigo, nausea and imbalance. Consequently, strengthening your balance abilities before the next migraine comes is essential. The first step is to become proficient at using the sense of touch from your feet and the floor. You can learn this by standing with your feet shoulder width a part and centering your body weight in the middle of your arches. Next, you can concentrate on keeping your body weight centered and think about the sense of touch from your feet to the ground. By doing this exercise, you will develop a strong connection between your sensory input and your balance center in your brain. You can also start with basic equilibrium routines like standing on one foot, which will strengthen and speed your balance reactions at your feet and ankles. These stability strategies and balance exercises are explained and progressed by an experienced Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDPractice Balance Exercises At Home

    If you suffer with migraines, vertigo,  or imbalance, please begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The easy to follow Balance DVD is an exceptional tool to use at home or in a group setting. The comprehensive DVD is complete with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, balance techniques and balance routines from a balance trainer —licensed Physical Therapist— who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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  Don’t let a migraine lead to a fall. Instead, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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