What You Should Do for Your Child’s Headaches

When we think about someone having a headache, we probably think of an adult. However, an increasing number of children experience chronic headaches, many with lasting health repercussions. The National Headache Foundation estimates 60 percent of all children suffer from headaches, and many children have them on a recurring basis. Even before entering school. roughly one-third of children experience a headache at some point. The good news is that real relief, not just the masking of symptoms, is available.Conventional treatment does little to correct the causeOver-the-counter treatments such as Tylenol and aspirin may temporarily relieve the discomfort of a headache, but they do not correct the cause of headaches. Moreover, use of these medications has been associated with bleeding ulcers, Reyes syndrome and kidney disorders. Taking painkillers on a regular basis can make subsequent headaches even worse, causing a condition known as rebound headache or medical overuse headache.But what causes headaches?Although headaches are not caused by just one specific source, a large amount of research demonstrates that the majority of headaches for children and adults are caused by problems in the cervical (neck) region of the spine.The vertebra of the cervical spine can become misaligned because of excessive or repetitive stress. These misalignments, also known as vertebral subluxations, irritate the nerves in the neck and cause excessive muscle tension, all of which can contribute to a wide variety of headaches.The birth process, even under normal conditions, is frequently the first cause of spinal stress. As the head of the infant appears, the physician grabs it and twists it around in a figure-eight motion, lifting it up to receive the lower shoulder and then down to receive the upper shoulder. This motion creates significant stress on the spine of the newborn.Dr. Godfrey Gumann, a German physician, conducted a study of over 1,000 newborns shortly after birth. He discovered that over 80% of the infants had suffered trauma to their cervical spine, which resulted in vertebral subluxations.Birth is just the beginning of growth for children. Babies are constantly moving, falling down and bumping into things as they explore their new world. The typical child will fall an average of twenty-five times each day while learning to walk. Children fall at the playground and off bicycles, bump their heads, and encounter numerous injuries during sports. These early subluxations build up in the body over the lifetime.Ideally, the head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball sitting on a tee. As the head protrudes forward, an increasing load is placed on the muscles of the neck and upper back. In fact, for every inch that the head projects forward, the weight experienced by the muscles of the neck doubles.This “forward head posture” can be caused by heavy book bags, repetitive tasks and excessive time spent in front of video screens. Studies show that children spend more time sitting in front of electronic screens than any other activity besides sleeping. The average time spent with various media (televisions, computers and video games) is nearly four and one half hours per day among children aged 2 to 17.An increasing number of parents are turning to Chiropractic care for relief. At Restoring Life Chiropractic, we are trained to detect and correct spinal misalignments by physically adjusting the spine to restore its proper structural position. This removes spinal stress and allows the nervous system to function correctly.Do you or someone you know suffer from constant headaches and migraines? Reports have found that chiropractic adjustments result in almost immediate improvement for headaches that originate in the neck, and have significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication. Why suffer needlessly? Call today to schedule an appointment & find out how chiropractic can improve your quality of life. (817)-435-1369