Welcome to Movement for Migraine
I’m so glad you’ve found this little corner of the internet. I’ve created this space to help you figure out how to bring exercise back into your life. Maybe you want to know if exercise can help you manage your migraine. Or perhaps you want to avoid triggering attacks when you work out. Or you just want a few simple ideas to get you moving again.
I see you, and I started this blog to help.
Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a Yoga Teacher, Exercise Physiology student and chronic migraineur based in Sydney, Australia. I’ve suffered with migraine since I was a little girl, and my usually episodic attacks shifted to chronic in March 2018. I’ve written about my own progress with migraine here, and you can get to know me and how my migraines are at the moment on Instagram over here.
Living with migraine is shitty, debilitating and often lonely. It’s an invisible illness and misunderstood by most of the world. If you have found your way here you probably already know - migraine is so much more than a headache!
Aside from being a Mum, I am also studying Exercise Physiology. This is the study of how exercise impacts our body - the complex biochemical effects that exercise has on our whole system. Here in Australia Exercise Physiology is an allied health profession much like Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy. Exercise Physiologists help people prevent or manage chronic illness or injury. When I graduate I will be able to prescribe exercise to help people manage and prevent chronic illness. You can read more about EP here.
Ironically, when I started getting migraines as frequently as I was getting them in 2018, I stopped exercising. Despite all I had read, and what the studies suggested, I just couldn’t face getting out to move my body as I had done before. I still went for short walks around the neighborhood to the local shops or over to a nice park, but that was really the extent of it.
At the end of 2018 I read Heal Your Headache by David Bucholz. This was such an inspiring read, and the diet and lifestyle suggestions really made sense for me. One thing that was mentioned just briefly was exercise. I started with the diet and the supplements and discovered wonderful online support in the Migraine Strong community. I started to regain something migraine had stolen from me - power to influence the way I feel. Previously it felt like there was nothing I could do about my broken brain except take increasingly strong medication and hope for the best. The HYH lifestyle suggestions were empowering, and after four to five months I finally started to feel better.
I also read more and more about the links between exercise and migraine. Back at university studying the second half of my degree, my enthusiasm for the powerful medicine that is exercise returned and I became determined to figure out what my body needed to feel good - healthy, fit, strong and migraine free* (*eventually, for now at least the goal is fewer migraines).
This brings me up to date. This blog is an in-depth look at how exercise can help and hinder the migraineur, and what sort of exercise we might benefit from. I want to give you suggestions, information and ideas that empower you to go out and exercise with confidence. Or stay inside and exercise with yoga or other body weight movement practices.
If you have any questions or you just want to say hi, you can find me over on Instagram.
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