If you are one of the many sufferers of frequent headaches, here is a study that may interest you. Dr. Lars Anderson, a Danish researcher at the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, conducted a study to find out how exercise can effect office workers with headaches. The study consisted of 198 participants with chronic neck pain who were given either a 5 day a week exercise program, which lasted 10 weeks, or were put in a control group. The workers who exercised did either a 2 or 12 minute program doing lateral raises with elastic resistance tubing.
At the end of the study, the exercise groups had considerably fewer headaches than the control group; 43%-56% less headache frequency! Interestingly, there was no outcome difference between the 2 and 12 minute a day programs.
Clearly, the neck and shoulder muscles became stronger with this routine, therefore allowing the workers to endure the muscle workload at the office and causing less pain in doing so. This is another great example of using a simple, efficient, and extremely effective exercise to help with daily life activities.
As with all chronic pain, consult with your doctor to rule out any other possible pain causes. If it is a matter of weak, overused, and misused muscles, this exercise program may be a great avenue to less headaches.