When most people think of migraines, children are not the primary age group we associate this issue with. However, as much as 5% of those under the age of 10 may experience migraines, and that number quickly rises to 10% for preteens and teens.

Most parents would agree that the kinds of medications usually prescribed for migraines, and all of the side effects that come along with these drugs, are not really something for kids (and the FDA hasn’t approved most of them for use with children anyway). That raises the question: Is there a safer way to get help for migraines?

Searching for the Cause of Migraines

The biggest problem with migraine medications is that they only take care of symptoms and don’t really stop migraines from occurring. To reduce the severity and frequency of migraines, and perhaps even eliminate them altogether, that means attacking the problem at its source. For many, this is an upper cervical misalignment.

When the C1 and C2 are misaligned, this can affect blood flow to the brain, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage, and even put pressure on the spinal cord or brainstem. This is because these bones are situated right at the base of the skull where the spinal cord and brainstem meet. In fact, the very bottom of the brainstem is protected inside the C1 when these bones are aligned properly.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Provides Relief

At San Diego Integrative Spine Center, we use the NUCCA technique, a specialized form of upper cervical chiropractic that makes use of diagnostic imaging in pinpointing the misalignment and utilizes an extremely gentle adjustment to correct these subluxations. As a result, this form of chiropractic is safe for those of all ages.

Once the upper spine is realigned, blood flow, CSF drainage, and brainstem function can all be restored to normal. For many this has meant a significant reduction in or even an end to migraines as many case studies have shown.

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