It’s that time of year again: back to school. There’s lots to do like getting new school supplies and backpacks. While backpack safety has become a trending topic in recent years, there are other things parents should watch for as school is starting again. The start of the school year is associated with childhood headaches. Not only that, but those headaches tend to increase in frequency during the first few months of school.
Childhood headaches are often seen as “no big deal”; however, research shows a headache is the most common form of pain in children and adolescents. Painful headaches directly affect a student’s ability to concentrate and listen. Students with headaches miss more school than their headache-free classmates with up to twice as many days out of school. Sleep is affected by headaches, causing restless nights which disturbs academic performance.
Headaches can also affect social interactions. Having friends is key to enjoying school, which helps them to excel academically. Therefore, children who suffer from headaches are more apt to skip socializing and have trouble with peers.
There is good news! Chiropractic Physicians address the underlying cause of headaches. A leading cause of headaches is vertebral subluxations or misaligned vertebrae in the spine of the neck (cervical spine). Doctors of Chiropractic remove these vertebral subluxations through specific and gentle chiropractic adjustments, an all-natural solution for headaches in children, as well as adults. Even if a child is headache-free, she or he may have spinal misalignments which can exist prior to showing symptoms.
Take a proactive approach before school begins and have your child examined by a Chiropractic Physician at The Spine and Wellness Centers. For more information about headaches and backpack safety call either of our locations.