Dr Christopher Lauria and I found this great research article about how chiropractic adjustments helped a 16 year old girl with her migraine headaches. In this case chiropractic adjustments helped relieve nerve pressure in this child’s neck which allowed normal nerve flow, blood flow and muscle function in this child’s neck. Understand this this child was under 15 different prescription medications to try and help her. Other studies like this where also done by south bend chiropractor services in Indiana.
The long term ramifications on her health and wellness from that are incredible. The January 24, 2013 issue of the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reports on the case of a 16 year-old girl who experienced migraine headaches since kindergarten who benefited greatly from chiropractic care.
Study authors Moses Bernard, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC, and G. StanfordPierce, DC, report that migraine headaches (HAs) occur in 10.6% of children between the ages of 5-15 and in 28% of children ages 15-19. Before puberty, the mix is equal according to gender but after puberty, prevalence tilts towards females by 2:1.
The effects of HAs on a child’s quality of life (QOL) have been well documented and are similar to that found for other chronic illnesses such ascancer and arthritis with impairments in learning and emotional function.When the girl came to the chiropractor, she complained of HAs that occurred at the rate of 1-2 per week that lasted about 2-3 hours each, usually at night. Her attacks were accompanied by throbbing pain, heat intolerance and sensitivity to light and sound. Many times, the only relief she found was sleeping on a cold tile floor.After puberty, the HA frequency and intensity increased, particularly after a fall that resulted in trauma to her head and neck. She also experienced dizziness, fever and extreme fatigue. She was also very sensitive to changes in barometric pressure that would aggravate her symptoms.She recounted, at minimum, 30 visits to the emergency room for HAepisodes. Her school performance had been affected, missing 2-3 classes per week.Over-the-counter medications were ineffective as were the 15 different types of prescription medications her doctors had prescribed. Her chiropractor found head tilt to the left, right shoulder elevation, tenderness and hypersensitivity to palpation under the back of her skull on the right side.
She experienced restrictions in range of motion in her neck with pain at the end point of motion. She had tightness in the muscles in the right lower neck, right lower mid back and both sides of the entire lumbar spine. Her leg length evaluation revealed a ¼ of an inch short leg on the left.X-rays were taken and it was determined that she had a subluxation of the atlas, the top vertebra of the spine. She was placed on a program of chiropractic care.Over the first year of care, she reported progressive improvements in the symptoms, frequency and intensity of her HA episodes.According to the authors, follow up care over the next five years resulted in “her HA intensity being bearable without the need for medication and her headache attacks abated to approximately 2-4 migraines per month.”If you or a loved one are suffering from headaches or migraine headaches there might be relief for you too. I have hundreds of cases just like this in my office. People who have suffered for years with no answers, taking loads of medications just to get through the day. At Lifestyle Wellness Center we offer a complimentary consultation to see if chiropractic care might be able to help you.