Upper Cervical Chiropractic & Headaches in Children!

Similar to adults, children can also develop types of headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. In fact, approximately 10 percent of school-age children suffer from chronic headaches. Furthermore, a study that examined adult migraine patients discovered that half of them had experienced their first migraine before the age of 12. Given the propensity for pediatric headaches to continue into adulthood, it is beneficial for children to get effective headache treatment to prevent future attacks.

According to medical research, headaches are brain disorders that are frequently linked to some type of head and/or neck trauma. Studies have shown that trauma to the upper cervical spine (C1 and C2) alters nerve and blood flow at the brainstem, which leads to headaches.

Upper cervical chiropractic care, shows promise for helping children with chronic headaches. Upper cervical chiropractic care works by correcting misalignments in the upper cervical region due to trauma and restoring normal brainstem function.

In children, a common cause of upper cervical misalignment is from a birth trauma, especially during c-sections, induced deliveries, premature deliveries, breech deliveries, and forceful traction or forceps births. As children get older, they are also susceptible to tumbles and falls increasing the risk of cervical injury. Injuries can also occur through falls or blows to the head during impact sports, such as cheerleading, gymnastics, soccer, skateboarding, wrestling, baseball or football. After a child has an injury or trauma, headache symptoms can begin immediately, or they can take weeks or months to develop.
Headache is a debilitating disorder that affects the quality of life in millions of children. The relationship between head trauma, headache onset and upper cervical treatment provides hope for these patients. Many children notice improvement in headache symptoms with just a few treatments.

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