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Evaluation of an Aerobic Exercise Program in Migraine Management

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01857557
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Challenges with participant recruitment as a result of COVID-19 pandemic)
First Posted : May 20, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 6, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Farnaz Amoozegar, University of Calgary

Brief Summary:
This trial assesses the impact of a supervised aerobic exercise program by a kinesiologist in patients with migraine. Patients can be assigned to one of two groups 1)The exercise group or 2)non-exercise group. This is a important area to study because there is currently limited information regarding exercise and its impact on migraine frequency and severity. In many cases, migraine patients are disabled by their headaches and sometimes will not have a significant response to medications. As a result, it is important to study other non-pharmacological interventions. In this study, the investigators hope to show the benefits of exercise by a reduction in number of headache days per month as well as by improvement in quality of life, disability,depression,anxiety,and aerobic fitness.This study will not interfere with the usual treatment patients receive at our headache clinic and patients can remain on medications deemed necessary.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Migraine Other: Aerobic exercise Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 39 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of an Aerobic Exercise Program in Migraine Management
Study Start Date : August 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 6, 2020
Actual Study Completion Date : August 6, 2020

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MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Migraine

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Aerobic Exercise
Fitness program for migraine patients in addition to usual headache care.
Other: Aerobic exercise
Patients receiving exercise program in addition to usual headache care

No Intervention: Control Group
Patients receiving usual headache care but no exercise program

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Days with headache per month (based on headache diaries),comparing the change from baseline to month 3 and 6 post-randomization in the control versus the intervention group. Migraine Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire scores [ Time Frame: At baseline,3, 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Show Improvement in measures of quality of life,disability,depression,anxiety,and aerobic fitness [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 ,6 months post randomization ]
    Headache Impact Test (HIT-6 )score, Migraine Disability Assessment scores, Patient Health Questionnaire(PHQ-9 )scores,Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) scores, Average headache intensity, Body Mass Index, Aerobic fitness

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Adherence to fitness program in the intervention group [ Time Frame: At 6 months after randomization ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 58 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients must meet diagnostic criteria for migraine without aura, migraine with aura or chronic migraine.
  2. Patients must be 18-50 years of age.
  3. Individuals motivated to exercise and complete the study.


Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patient has a headache on more than 25 days a month
  2. Patient is a medication over-user by International Headache Society (IHS) criteria
  3. Patient currently has a fitness program with regular aerobic exercise for 30 minutes three times a week or more.
  4. Known cardiovascular disease which contraindicates the exercise program
  5. Inability to complete the outcome measure questionnaires. -

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01857557

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Canada, Alberta
South Health Campus
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T3M 1M4
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Calgary
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Principal Investigator: Dr Farnaz Amoozegar, MD, FRCPC South Health Campus, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Responsible Party: Farnaz Amoozegar, Dr Farnaz Amoozegar, University of Calgary Identifier: NCT01857557    
Other Study ID Numbers: 24702
First Posted: May 20, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 6, 2020
Last Verified: November 2020
Keywords provided by Farnaz Amoozegar, University of Calgary:
Fitness program
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases