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Growing Pains

Balanced Body Chiropractic are able to offer relief for growing pains in children. Rapidly growing joints and muscles can sometimes cause discomfort and pain. Growing pains can also indicate the need to consider certain musculoskeletal conditions that are common in children.

Children and teenagers experience rapid growth spurts at various points in their lives. Joints and muscles that grow quickly can create stretch and tension in other tissues and nerves that haven’t quite caught up. The body’s tissues can send pain signals in response to rapid growth, causing anxiety and discomfort.

Growing Pains

Growing pains occur on and off, often at night and are sometimes more noticeable after periods of inactivity. Rapid growth may trigger minor subluxations that may benefit from chiropractic care. Other commonly experienced symptoms of growing pains include:

  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Muscle cramping and tightness
  • Muscular heat and throbbing
  • Waking at night and daily fatigue
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration

Other possible causes of Growing Pains

Growing pains are usually of little concern. However sometimes vague and benign pain can indicate a musculoskeletal condition that warrants further investigation or intensive management. The following is a list of examples of common childhood conditions often mistaken for growing pains;

  • Sever’s Disease of the ankles and achilles tendon
  • Osgood Schlatter’s of the knee and patellar tendon
  • Perthe’s Disease of the hips
  • Scoliosis of the spine
  • Scheuerman’s Disease of the thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Sprengel’s deformity of the shoulder blade

The Benefits of Chiropractic for Children and Teenagers

Rapid growth causing aches, pain and discomfort can contribute to poor neuromuscular coordination. The same may be said for poor concentration during phases of rapid growth. During this time, the nervous system adapts to cope with the changing structure of the body and may not function at its best. Balanced Body Chiropractic is able to assist children and teenagers in dealing with these phases of growth by providing care aimed at managing activity, relieving symptoms and facilitating calm neural tone. Gentle massage, balance and stretching exercises in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments are commonly prescribed.