WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can prevent migraines just as well as drugs or relaxation techniques, a new study from Sweden suggests.
"Our conclusion is that exercise can act as an alternative to relaxations and [the migraine drug] topiramate when it comes to preventing migraines, and is particularly appropriate for patients who are unwilling or unable to take preventative medicines," study lead author Emma Varkey, a physiotherapist and doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, said in a university news release.
In the study, Varkey and colleagues evaluated 91 migraine patients over the course of three months.
One-third of the patients were asked to exercise for 40 minutes three times each week. Another third of the participants performed relaxation techniques and the final third were prescribed topiramate.