Just today I saw an eleven year old girl with chronic headaches and migraines. Her mother commented how their medical doctor brushed it off because “kids aren’t supposed to get headaches”. While the MD is right that kids shouldn’t get headaches (nobody should get them to be honest), the fact is that sometimes they do. Symptoms are the body’s way of sending warning signals that something is wrong. You can choose to find and fix the cause or cover up the warning signal. Chiropractors find and remove spinal misalignment that prevent the body from functioning optimally.
I’ve had many moms bring in their kids complaining of headache, neck pain and even migraines that have tried the medical route with no effective answers or solutions. Their spines, especially the neck, is always out of alignment causing nerve irritation and eventually other symptoms. Sometimes problems with the curvature are evident on x-ray, including scoliosis and other curvature problems.
The sooner these problems are addressed the better. Kids with spinal problems become adults with spinal problems. The sooner they receive chiropractic services the easier they are to treat. More serious spinal problems can then be prevented by being proactive and not waiting for them to occur.
If your kids are talking about neck pain, headaches or migraines, don’t take it lightly and call us at Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness. Dr Ryan Browning is experienced in helping kids of all ages thrive with gentle chiropractic care. He has treated his own daughters from the time they were newborns and they are continue to grow healthy and totally aligned.
Better Posture = Better Health
Most of us were told by mom to sit up straight and stand up tall, but that’s about all we learn about posture growing up! Most Americans do not recognize posture as an important aspect of protecting your health. Here’s a few reasons why you should take notice…
1- Good posture affects the spinal curve in the neck. Most people who work at a computer fall into bad habits of slumping forward and sticking the head forward. Doing this over the course of years will literally change the curvature that should be preserved in the neck. Once this curvature change begins you will become much more likely to experience headaches including tension and migraine headaches
, neck pain and upper back tightness. When you “preserve the curve” your spine will experience much less stress and the muscles can relax easier.
2- Your posture
affects your breathing. Changes in the spinal curvature and posture changes affect your ability to get the maximum amount of oxygen. When the spinal column has lost some of its ability to move and expand then the chest will not fully expand which affects the lungs capacity to house as much oxygen. After beginning chiropractic
care, those very aware of their oxygen intake such as athletes and singers will notice an immediate improvement in lung function due to the spine’s increased ability to move.
3- Bad posture can pinch nerves. An important aspect of health is the function of your nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, to relay messages throughout the body via the nerves. When the spine has changed shape or alignment due to poor posture then the openings where the nerves come off the spine begin to close up. This causes stress on the nerves or a pinched nerve
. Sometimes you can feel a pinched nerve when it goes down the leg (sciatica
) or when it goes down the arm. Many times you can’t feel the actual effect of a pinched nerve when the particular nerve goes to the digestive system or the lungs, etc. However, these pinched nerves will still affect overall health, ability to sleep, your energy level and other aspects of your body’s physiological function.
Dr. Ryan Browning