ABOUT THE RESEARCH
Headache is one of the most common ailments in children and it can have a huge impact on a child’s life. It is estimated that 75% of children at the age of 15 have experienced significant headaches, which for 10% are recurrent.
The project included 200 children aged 7-14 years who experienced recurrent headaches or migraines at least once a week for more than half a year. Of the 200 children, 100 children received targeted chiropractic manipulation treatment, and 100 children received placebo treatment. The study concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in fewer headaches and higher global perceived effect, with only minor side effects.
HEADACHES IN CHILDREN
Recurrent paediatric headache is common with annual prevalence rates ranging from approximately 5% among 3-year-olds to more than 50% of the population around puberty.
According to the Danish Migraine and Headache Association, every 1 in 20 children in danish schools struggle with migraines and even more suffer from recurrent tension headaches. One of the most commonly used treatments for headaches used by adults is chiropractic treatment and headaches are the second most common reason why children seek a chiropractor in Denmark.
Head researcher and specialist in chiropractic care for children, Susanne Lynge, has more than 30 years of experience in the chiropractic treatment of children with headaches, Feel free to reach out for more information and advice about treatment and diagnosis.
Does your child suffer from headaches or migraines?
ETHICS IN CLINICAL TRIALS IN CHILDREN
To assure the best care for the children enrolled, a through rough post-intervention treatment was implemented in the setup and method. Children in the chiropractic spinal manipulation treatment group who reported little or no effect, or a worsening of their headache after treatment were offered a consultation with the paediatrician. Children in the sham manipulation group who reported little or no effect, or a worsening of headache after the trial period were offered free chiropractic care, similar to the care delivered in the spinal manipulation group.
We are proud to have assured a complete and ethical treatment of all children involved. All participants were treated according to the Declaration of Helsinki.
The research project was conducted in a cross-medical collaboration between chiropractor Susanne Lynge, pediatrician Olav Bennedbæk, the Chiropractors' Knowledge Center (formerly NIKKB) and the University of Southern Denmark.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT IN THE MEDIA
Initiator and project manager:
Susanne Lynge, Chiropractor
Master of Science (Pediatrics)
Olav Bennedbæk, pediatrician
Lise Hestbæk, Associate Professor
Nordic Institute for Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) and the Department of Sport and Biomechanics,
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Henrik Wulff Christensen, Director and Research Leader NIKKB
Orla Lund Nielsen, NIKKB
Werner Vach, Professor
NIKKB and the Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, and University of Freiburg, Stefan-Meier- Strasse 26, Freiburg, Germany
Chiropractic Center and Children's Clinic Brønderslev