Chiropractic Treatment for Kids with Headaches

When a child has headaches, it is not uncommon for a parent to seek medical attention to rule out a brain tumor or other serious problems. Once the child has been examined and a serious disorder has been ruled out, the starts down the path of learning “to live with it.” The parent or child may administer over-the-counter medication, or opt for medically managed pharmacology.

However, there is another solution out there, a natural way to help your child and their headaches. Its called CHIROPRACTIC! At West End Chiropractic and Wellness our doctors and staff have helped numerous kids dealing with headaches get out of pain. Here are a few tips if you plan on taking your child to a chiropractor.

The chiropractor should attempt to understand the nature of the headache with the consultation. Younger children can present as a more difficult case because doctors may not feel that their questions are unveiling the problem. First, do not ask the question as if you are speaking to an adult. Rather, pose the question, “Does your head ever hurt?” The doctor may even want to point to their head while the question is being asked. Attempt to pinpoint the location: “Where does it hurt?” “Does the headache feel like a little one, or a big one?” Determine if there is a pattern to the headaches (e.g., time, food trigger, etc.).

One excellent tool for understanding headaches is to keep a journal of occurrences. A morning headache may be a result of a stomach sleeper placing their cervical spine in constant rotation. A weekend headache may be the result of sleeping in and delaying the routine of bowel or bladder elimination, and thus creating toxins in the system. A pre-lunch or after-school headache may be a sign of hypoglycemia. The use of backpacks may cause a repetitive stress syndrome in the cervical and upper thoracic spine. Also rule out vision problems and the possible need for glasses. The influence of food or chemical products in the diet of the child, such as Nutrasweet, sulfates and sulfites (in hot dogs and lunch meats), caffeine and chocolate may be potential triggers to a headache.

For young girls and teens, the onset of the menstrual cycle may be the start of a future of migraine headaches. Many chiropractors have had positive clinical results for this disorder with the specific analysis of the lumbar spine. Adjusting the vertebral subluxation in this region may eliminate or diminish the severity of the migraine.In the treatment of the pediatric patient with headache, there is no one specific vertebral subluxation(s) site that one must expect to find as the cause of the disorder.

To learn more visit us online at www.westendchiromn.com or call us today to schedule an appointment at (952) 500-8477. West End Chiropractic and Wellness is Minneapolis and St. Louis Park’s leading health and wellness team.

I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of parents want what’s best for their child. They want them to be happy, successful, and accomplish all kinds of amazing things with their life. However, a child’s health has a direct impact on their ability to accomplish all of these great things.

One of the more common conditions that children suffer from is headaches. All of us have probably experienced a headache at some point in our life, but the way we handle it can play a huge role in continued suffering or actually finding a route that will fix the problem without causing any additional damage to the body. Unfortunately, the majority of parents handle this situation incorrectly, sometimes causing more harm than good.

Headache Treatment Mistakes

Nearly 80 billion aspirin tablets are consumed each year in the United States alone. Not only is aspirin associated with ulcers, Reyes Syndrome, kidney disorders, and liver disorders, but taking them on a regular basis can sometimes make your headaches even worse.  Unfortunately, this is a where the majority of parents immediately turn when their child complains of headaches.

Another reality is that people look at headaches as a normal part of life. The distinction that must be made is that headaches are common, but they are certainly not normal. Since we view headaches as “normal”, many parents don’t take headaches seriously. This unfortunate underestimation can affect the life of a child significantly, including socially, physical and emotionally. They may perform poorly in school and sports and have a difficult time making friends because they find themselves in a constant battle to feel well.  Thinking a child will simply grow out of their headaches is also a failed treatment option as most children may grow out of their headaches, but they in turn grow right into other health problems.

Best Headache Treatment Options

There are obviously multiple causes for headaches. By far the most common cause is a problem in the cervical spine or neck. Events like the trauma of birth, falls as a child, sports impacts, and car accidents are all examples of events that can cause a bone or bones within the neck to become slightly misaligned. This misalignment causes increased tension on the muscles, weakens the overall structure of the spine, and of greatest impact, places pressure and stress on the nervous system. The headaches are simply a symptom that lets you know that something more serious is going on underneath with your body.

Now, the million dollar question always becomes, if there is a bone out of place, putting pressure on a nerve, is there ever a pill, drug, or potion that will ever move that bone? And if there is a bone out of place causing your problem, will a pill or drug ever fix your problem? The answer should be a resounding “No”. That’s why chiropractic care for children is so important! We can’t always avoid the traumas that we’ll face growing up, but we need a skilled professional to evaluate and treat these problems before they become a crisis.

Chiropractors are the only professionals trained in the detection and correction of vertebral misalignment. They work with the spine and body to restore proper balance to the nervous system and ultimately enhance the way we function.

These days more and more parents are beginning to turn to chiropractic for help prior to feeding their children a bunch of pills with harmful side effect. When your child feels better, they can perform better, and ultimately have a greater chance at accomplishing all of the great things in life that we want most for them!

Please take advantage of a FREE CONSULTATION at Total Spine Health and Injury Center today! We love working with children and entire families. We’ll show you if chiropractic care in Maple Grove is right for you!

– See more at: http://www.totalspinemn.com/blog/are-childrens-headaches-being-treated-incorrectly/#sthash.6kKvamof.dpuf

I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of parents want what’s best for their child. They want them to be happy, successful, and accomplish all kinds of amazing things with their life. However, a child’s health has a direct impact on their ability to accomplish all of these great things.

One of the more common conditions that children suffer from is headaches. All of us have probably experienced a headache at some point in our life, but the way we handle it can play a huge role in continued suffering or actually finding a route that will fix the problem without causing any additional damage to the body. Unfortunately, the majority of parents handle this situation incorrectly, sometimes causing more harm than good.

Headache Treatment Mistakes

Nearly 80 billion aspirin tablets are consumed each year in the United States alone. Not only is aspirin associated with ulcers, Reyes Syndrome, kidney disorders, and liver disorders, but taking them on a regular basis can sometimes make your headaches even worse.  Unfortunately, this is a where the majority of parents immediately turn when their child complains of headaches.

Another reality is that people look at headaches as a normal part of life. The distinction that must be made is that headaches are common, but they are certainly not normal. Since we view headaches as “normal”, many parents don’t take headaches seriously. This unfortunate underestimation can affect the life of a child significantly, including socially, physical and emotionally. They may perform poorly in school and sports and have a difficult time making friends because they find themselves in a constant battle to feel well.  Thinking a child will simply grow out of their headaches is also a failed treatment option as most children may grow out of their headaches, but they in turn grow right into other health problems.

Best Headache Treatment Options

There are obviously multiple causes for headaches. By far the most common cause is a problem in the cervical spine or neck. Events like the trauma of birth, falls as a child, sports impacts, and car accidents are all examples of events that can cause a bone or bones within the neck to become slightly misaligned. This misalignment causes increased tension on the muscles, weakens the overall structure of the spine, and of greatest impact, places pressure and stress on the nervous system. The headaches are simply a symptom that lets you know that something more serious is going on underneath with your body.

Now, the million dollar question always becomes, if there is a bone out of place, putting pressure on a nerve, is there ever a pill, drug, or potion that will ever move that bone? And if there is a bone out of place causing your problem, will a pill or drug ever fix your problem? The answer should be a resounding “No”. That’s why chiropractic care for children is so important! We can’t always avoid the traumas that we’ll face growing up, but we need a skilled professional to evaluate and treat these problems before they become a crisis.

Chiropractors are the only professionals trained in the detection and correction of vertebral misalignment. They work with the spine and body to restore proper balance to the nervous system and ultimately enhance the way we function.

These days more and more parents are beginning to turn to chiropractic for help prior to feeding their children a bunch of pills with harmful side effect. When your child feels better, they can perform better, and ultimately have a greater chance at accomplishing all of the great things in life that we want most for them!

Please take advantage of a FREE CONSULTATION at Total Spine Health and Injury Center today! We love working with children and entire families. We’ll show you if chiropractic care in Maple Grove is right for you!

– See more at: http://www.totalspinemn.com/blog/are-childrens-headaches-being-treated-incorrectly/#sthash.6kKvamof.dpuf

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