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Does Your Child Have Headaches?

Find out what happened to one child who saw a chiropractor for migraine headaches...

Imagine an 11-year-old boy who is excited about life and loves learning. Then imagine what could potentially happen to him once he develops migraines. His headaches are so bad that he can't think straight in school. When he has a migraine, reading is pointless; it can't happen. Light bothers him and all he wants to do is hide out in his bedroom in the closet, crying himself to sleep. It's not a good existence, and his parents would feel helpless.

But maybe parents don't have to feel helpless when this happens. Maybe they could take their child straight to their chiropractor's office and commit to a series of chiropractic adjustments for five treatments. And then they could assess their child's results.

That's what one set of parents did for their 11-year-old boy who had suffered endlessly from headaches of migraine severity for four years. The medical treatment wasn't working and the migraines continued, two to three times a month.

However, over one month, the parents took their child to the chiropractor who adjusted the spine of the child according to whatever spinal segments needed to be adjusted. At a nine month follow-up, the chiropractic researchers discovered that the severity of the headaches had dropped from migraine level all the way down to mild headaches. He didn't have any migraines anymore.

No one can say that every child with migraines can be helped with chiropractic but what we can say is that if one child was helped, it's entirely possible that many more children with migraine headaches may be helped with chiropractic.

Source: Alacantara, J. and Pankonin, K. Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with migraine-type headaches: a case report and selective review of the literature. Explore 2010; 6 (1).


8 Reasons Why You Need to See a Chiropractor After an Auto Injury

Over 1 million people are injured in rear-end car crashes each year in the US, and many of these result in some kind of pain. Even a low speed crash can result in abnormal motion of your head and neck, resulting in torn ligaments and muscle tissue.

If you've been in a crash, you need to get effective treatment and chiropractic is a proven safe and effective way to recover from all of the most common types of pain experienced after a crash:

  1. Early intervention boosts recovery rates - Research shows that the sooner you get treatment after a crash, the better your chances of recovery.
  2. High success rate - A 1996 study found that over 90% of whiplash injury patients improved with chiropractic care.
  3. Headache - The most common symptom after an auto injury and one that chiropractic is very effective at treating.
  4. Neck pain - 90% of patients report neck pain after a car accident, and we're trained to treat this kind of pain.
  5. Back pain - Injury to your low back is common during these types of crashes, and chiropractic has been shown to be the most effective way to treat acute or chronic back pain.
  6. Dizziness - Many cases of dizziness or vertigo caused by car crashes originate in the neck, and, again, something that chiropractic is perfect for.
  7. Radiating pain - This is another common problem we see in our clinic and one that we've helped many patients recover from.
  8. TMJ pain - Jaw pain is another common symptom we see in our office, and it also oftentimes starts with neck injury from a collision.

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's natural function and helping your body heal itself without risky drugs or surgery, and it's the perfect way to recover after something as traumatic as a car crash.

If you've been injured, give our Portland clinic a call today for an appointment.


Injury from Low Speed Auto Collisions

Even though it might just seem like a minor fender-bender, biomechanical studies have found that you can be injured even during a low speed auto crash. Studies done in the last ten years have found that the human head can experience high G-forces and rapid motions that can strain or tear delicate ligaments in your neck.

This video describes what happens during a crash using a live crash test subject. As you can see in the video, a human head weighs about 10 pounds; during a crash, this your head is accelerated to such a degree that it effectively weighs 90 pounds, putting tremendous stress on your neck.

If the ligaments or muscles in your neck are damaged, you'll typically wake up the day after the crash with a stiff, sore neck. That's caused by inflammation and swelling of the damaged tissues.

It's important to get care as soon as possible after such injuries, as if the area isn't treated, scar tissue will begin to form. That can cause permanent restriction in movement of your spine and even chronic pain.

We've helped many patients in our Portland office who have been in an auto collision, and we'd love to help you recover, too. We're conveniently located in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland. Give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment.


How to Measure Results of Your Chiropractic Treatment in Portland, OR

Chiropractic isn't some magical type of treatment that you need faith in to see if it works. You can measure the results you receive from your treatments.

Here's how to do exactly that:

Know where you're starting from. What are all the symptoms you are feeling before you start your chiropractic treatment? For example, if you have a neck ache, some of the symptoms on your list may be:

  • Pain in your neck
  • Tight neck muscles
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Can't sleep at night
  • Tight back muscles
  • Vision changes
  • Can't turn neck to the right

List as many symptoms as you can possibly think of, even ones that seem to be unrelated. Chiropractic treatments affect the entire body and some of your other symptoms may be relieved because the adjustment resets the nervous system connection to the different parts of your body.

Give the symptoms on your list a rating. For example, pain is always rated on a 0 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst possible excruciating pain.

Your can make a scale of your own from 0 to 10 for every one of your symptoms.

Record all of this in one location, preferably a notepad or composition book dedicated to only these symptoms. Then date your initial assessment and call it, “Initial Assessment”. Don't forget to put a date and time on it.

Next start your chiropractic treatments. Write up another rating sheet for all the symptoms immediately after your chiropractic treatment and before you go to bed that night. Don't forget to date and time stamp it. Also mark on the page of symptom ratings that you received a chiropractic treatment that day, because there may be other days where you don't get a treatment but are still recording symptoms.

Record your symptoms ratings three times a week. Do this for as long as your chiropractic treatments last.

Then look at your progress. What did chiropractic treatments do for you? Most likely, almost all of your symptoms will be gone!

Our office is conveniently located for people who live in the Woodstock, Sellwood, and East Moreland neighborhoods. Give Dr. Helton a call today to begin your whole body wellness!