The body is a holistic being. It needs to be nurtured and treated as a single entity rather than separate parts. As a naturopath, I am acutely aware of the ways in which imbalance in one part of the body can cause pain and discomfort in other seemingly unrelated body parts. I am currently studying to become a chiropractor and these links are becoming even more obvious to me. Over the years, family and friends who were initially sceptical about my medical advice have been amazed by the results when they combine alternative therapies with conventional medicine. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who could benefit from a different approach to their health. I have started this blog to merely inform about the possibilities and allow readers to make up their own minds. Enjoy reading and best of health to you all!
Half of all migraine sufferers have their first migraine before the age of 12, so it's important for parents to help their children manage migraines in way that lets them continue to have a normal and happy childhood. Here are some of the ways you can help your children to manage their migraines.
Manage their triggers
While some sufferers don't have any idea of when they will get attacks, other people find that migraines are triggered by certain foods or activities. Being able to tell their friends or teachers that they can't have foods or participate in activities can help to minimise the frequency of attacks as well as giving children a sense of control over their migraines.
Some sufferers find neck pain can be a trigger for their migraines. As a result a well set up desk and work area for school is a great way to manage headaches, and chiropractors can help to improve spinal alignment for people who are suffering from neck pain currently.
Manage their stress
For children and adolescents who are vulnerable to stress, this can also trigger chronic headaches. You can help your child to have some balance in their life by making sure they get time with friends, time for school work and plenty of time to play and relax. It's hard work growing up, and sometimes kids need help to manage their time effectively.
Ensuring your child gets enough sleep is also important, as poor sleep habits can increase your chances of suffering from migraines.
Recognise early symptoms
Many migraine sufferers can start to recognise the early stages of migraine attacks, which can include visual and aural cues such as seeing a "halo" effect around light. Learning these symptoms can help them to take preventative measures such as let adults know that they are about to have an attack, then heading to a cold, dark room and using hot and cold compresses. Some patients also get relief from massage and chiropractic adjustments in this stage.
Certain medications, known as abortive treatments, can also head off migraines if they are taken early enough in the process.
Give them preventative medications
For children who suffer from other unmanageable migraines can often benefit form preventative medication. Tricyclic antidepressants can be effective in reducing the frequency of headaches, however given the chance of side effects many physicians proceed with caution before prescribing to children and adolescents.
Chronic migraine management requires a multi faceted approach, taking in lifestyle and medical factors. Consult your child's doctor and chiropractic migraine management facilities to learn more.