Effect of a Home-based Versus Supervised Exercise Program in Patients With Migraine

  • End date
    Dec 10, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Gran Rosario
Updated on 2 July 2022


Migraine is a common primary headache with documented impacts on the patient, the economy, and society. A growing number of studies have reported that people with migraines are more likely to experience neck pain and neck dysfunction. The coexistence of migraine and neck pain is also associated with a higher frequency of migraine attacks, greater susceptibility to certification. It has been reported that they present decreased cervical mobility, as well as decreased strength, resistance, and coordination of the cervical musculature of the skull. The objective of this study is to evaluate the possible clinical effects in migraineurs of supervised craniocervical and axioscapular exercises versus home-based exercises.


This study will aim to verify the effect of home versus supervised exercise programs in migraine patients. The primary outcomes will be changes in the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) (0-10) and Migraine Disability Assessment Scores (MIDAS). Secondary outcomes will be changes in cervical range of motion; change in muscle endurance test; neck disability index (NDI), Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) score, Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) scores, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) scores.

Volunteers for the study will be included if they are between 18 and 55 years old, are of either sex, have been diagnosed with migraine according to the third edition of the International Classification of Headache, and have exhibited at least 3 days with migraine attacks in the previous month, then will be randomly assigned into two groups. A single therapist will administer the interventions twice a week for 8 weeks. The experimental group (supervised) will carry out a supervised exercises program twice a week in comparison with the control group (no supervised) and will carry out a home-based exercise program twice a week. These volunteers will be recruited at the University of Gran Rosario, (Rosario, Argentina). Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at both groups' baseline and the end of the treatment. All the evaluations will be performed by a blinded physiotherapist

Condition Migraine, Exercises
Treatment Control, Experimental
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05292599
SponsorUniversity of Gran Rosario
Last Modified on2 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients with a diagnosis of migraine according to the beta version of the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD), with or without pharmacological treatment
Age ranging between 18 to 55 years, both genders

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with neurological disorders (neuropathic pain or neurodegenerative disease)
Whiplash associated disorders
Specific neck pain (radicular pain)
Recent dental or physical therapy
If patients are taking medication to relieve pain during the study, they will be encouraged to report it
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