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  • Writer's pictureRandall Clark

Kids Shouldn't Have Migraines

We’d love to share with you some of our success stories with our youngest patients.

An 11-year-old girl came to our clinic at the beginning of the year with severe migraine headaches. She had been suffering with headaches up to 5 days a week for over 6 months, and within the last 2 months she was having daily headaches. Her headaches were so severe that she was unable to concentrate in class or complete her assignments. Even fun activities such as watching movies or playing on the playground were also triggering her headaches.

Upon assessment, it was noted that she had C1 and C2 distortions; additionally, she had a very straight cervical spine. Therapist Randy was able to balance out the C1 and C2 distortions, and he also gave her stretches to do at home and suggested that she lay down with a rolled towel under her neck to help restore a normal cervical curve.

She received treatment every two weeks, and within two months she reported having more days without a headache than with. By the third month of treatment, she reported that any headaches she had were mild. By the seventh month of treatment, she was headache free!

One of the major changes that our patient had to make outside of her treatments, was to be more aware of her posture while reading. It is common for us to look down when reading, but this creates a straightened cervical spine. While reading, the head should remain in a neutral position, with the book (tablet, phone, etc.) held more at eye level.

The prevalence of pediatric migraines is on the rise. If your child suffers from headaches, we may be able to help.

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