CHILDREN & CHIROPRACTIC --- Growing Pains
One great joy of parenting is watching our children grow. We even take a sweet-sour
pleasure when they begin to outgrow their four-month-old "new" jeans! But, what
happens to our feelings when growing seems to be accompanied by mysterious "growing
According to the pediatric community, a significant number of children are
afflicted with "growing pains". Most often affected are the legs, including
thigh, ankle, and knee. Pain usually occurs late in the day and may involve
muscles, joints, and bones.
Infrequently, pain can become quite severe and include swelling, redness, fatigue,
fever, weight-loss and limping.
In chiropractic, we see pain as a signal to investigate further. Frequently,
growing pains are a sign that some type of imbalance is occurring within the
body. With a child, whose body's biggest job is growing, pain associated with
areas that are constantly growing is a serious matter.
Growing means building a new body, so we'll use building a house to explain
how interferences in the body, called vertebral subluxations, may cause problems
for a growing child.
All structure and function in the human body is controlled by the brain. The
brain is the general contractor and director for all building in the body. The
brain carries out the Architect's plans and is the keeper of the T-square and
the level. The tool the brain uses to supply this information to the different
individual work sites in the body is the nervous system. Without the brain communicating
through the nervous system to the body parts, the body parts are totally incapable
of building a balanced, healthy "house" for your child to live in.
You can imagine the look of a house built without the instructions and decision-making
capabilities of the contractor to direct and coordinate the building process!
If there is a failure in communication between the contractor and the workmen,
the walls of one room might end up eight feet high while the walls of another
room end up 15 feet high! This analogy applies to all parts of the body's building
"crew". Directions are required from the brain on the proper instruction and
function to do the job properly.
Vertebral subluxations are bony misalignments of one or more of the bones that
make up the spine. The spinal bones, called vertebrae, protect the spinal cord
and nerve communication system from the brain to the body (contractor to builders).
Vertebral subluxations cause interference to communication that results in the
body's inability to receive instructions on function, including how to build
your child's growing body. More than pain is the result. The body may grow imbalanced;
the structure not coordinated. The building isn't sound.
To prevent "growing pains", have us check your child's spine for vertebral
subluxations. Insure that the "house" he/she lives in is being built level and
balanced with all the parts properly coordinated.