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?
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.
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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What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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