Most adults know what it is like to have a headache. However, it may be surprising to learn that children also suffer from headaches and even migraines. Out of the adults that get headaches on a regular basis, 20% of them admitted that their headaches began before age 10. Half of them stated that their headaches started to occur before they reached 20 years of age. By age 15, 5% of all young people have experienced a migraine and 15% have had a tension headache.
Why are so many young people having headaches? There are a number of factors that can play a role. Some of these include:
- Dietary choices
- Genetic factors
- Improper posture
- Depression or anxiety
- Certain physical activities
Common ways to help a child cope with headaches may be to give over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil (Ibuprofen). If these do not work, some prescription medication may be suggested. While these may relieve the pain on a temporary basis, it is important to remember that they do come along with potentially dangerous side effects. And the chances are that the child’s headaches may return if the root cause is not addressed. Thankfully, there is a natural and safe alternative that just may give the child long-lasting relief.
Headaches and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
A link has been seen between headaches and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae, particularly the top two bones of the neck. This type of misalignment can easily occur in children. Some reasons for this are the birthing process or the trips and falls children naturally have as they grow up. The method we use to correct this misalignment is very gentle and does not require us to pop or force the spine into alignment. Rather, it allows the bones of the neck to move back into place on their own utilizing the healing properties of the body to repair any damage done. The adjustments are given only when necessary and often result in relief of headaches in children and adults as well. We are out of the few that are able to provide the best natural headache treatment Anchorage has to offer.
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Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about our team at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team