Resistance training for headache symptoms

Can an upper limb resistance training program reduce headache symptoms?

Exercise prescription has long been part of headache management. This study sought to determine the impact of an upper limb strength training program on headache symptoms and found significant benefits in the reduction of both headache frequency and intensity.

The results indicate that 1 hour of upper limb resistance training for 20 weeks, regardless of the time distribution throughout the week, was able to significantly reduce both headache frequency and intensity, however only the supervised sessions (Group 1-3) demonstrated a reduction in the use of analgesics for headaches.

The results of this study suggest that a regular upper limb strengthening program can lead to a significant reduction of headache symptoms.

> From: Anderson et al., Musculoskelet Sci Pract 2017 (32) 38-43 . All rights reserved to Elsevier Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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