Growing Pains and Chiropractic Care
Growing pains are a common phenomenon among children, experienced by approximately 40% of those between the age of 3 and 12. Because the children complain of vague, transitory pain that seems to have no explanation, parents can become understandably concerned. While the exact cause of these pains is unknown, they are considered a normal part of the development process. Chiropractors can help to ease the pain by realigning the spine, which in turn improves circulation and nerve function.
Identifying Growing Pains
Growing pains manifest in children or teens as cramping or aching in the limbs. These pains frequently occur overnight when the body is at rest, lasting several hours and then disappearing.
As previously stated, no definitive cause has been identified regarding growing pains, but they are considered by medical professionals to be related to the maturation of the musculoskeletal system. Some experts believe that the pain is from muscles and joints stretching during growth spurts, while others connect the pain to a chemical imbalance in the joints and muscles.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
Growing pains are common in growing children and usually affect the shins, thighs, calves, and back of the knees. They are most prevalent in the evening or at night, and pain and stiffness are generally not present by morning. They may also flare up on days when the child is involved in more physical activity than normal.
Here are the factors that may increase the likelihood of growing pains:
Excessive physical activity: Children may experience more pain if they are very active, putting strain on muscles and joints.
Lower pain threshold: Some children and adolescents may be more sensitive to pain than others, resulting in growing pains, as well as accompanying headaches and stomachaches.
Hypermobility: Growing pains may occur when joints are extended beyond their typical range of motion.
Vitamin D levels:Low levels of Vitamin D can contribute to these uncomfortable aches and pains.
Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and joints, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain and swelling. They help to improve joint motion and flexibility, as well as coordination.
Chiropractic treatments can provide significant benefits to children and offer a safe, non-invasive, and non-addictive method of care that may help with growing pains. Additionally, chiropractic care can enhance and improve overall health and well-being. When comprehensive health improves, all aches and pains tend to subside.
Is Your Child Experiencing Growing Pains?
In conclusion, chiropractic care represents an excellent option for children experiencing growing pains to get some relief, as it may ease the pain and discomfort they are feeling.
Your child may also be experiencing pain due to subluxation, a blockage affecting the spinal nerves and central nervous system. Parents need not be concerned about the safety of chiropractic treatments for growing children and adolescents. Experienced pediatric chiropractors utilize gentle pressure to manipulate and realign the spine and provide relief to tense or stiff muscles. We are accustomed to working with young children and know how to put them at ease.
Are you visiting the Sarasota area? Growing pains don’t realize you are on vacation! If you are visiting the area and your child is experiencing pain, call the offices of Dr. Ryan Johnson. We are happy to provide care to area residents and visitors alike. Dr. Johnson utilizes the most effective traditional treatments and the latest innovative methods to provide exceptional, individualized care to his patients. Contact us today for an appointment – because today is a great day to get rid of your pain.