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Growing Pain Relief Through Chiropractic Care

By Stephen R. Farris

Remember back when you were growing up and you felt a twinge or uncomfortable feeling in your joints? Maybe the pain was in your knees, elbows, or even your shoulders. Your parents probably told you that you were going through "growing pains." 

What does that even mean? Seriously, that's probably what we all thought at the time. What the heck are our parents talking about? Supposedly it was thought that the pain we were feeling was due to our joints and limbs undergoing the natural process of growing.

Usually the pain is associated with children under the age of 12, and is normally felt in muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, or nerves. Most likely, the pain goes away or lessens by the time the child is a teenager.

There are two areas growing pains usually occur, the legs and sometimes the arms. What's a little weird about it is the fact the pain happens with a type of consistency.

  • In late afternoon
  • While asleep
  • After intense activity

It can happen daily, a few times a week, but between those times when it flares up, the pain usually disappears. Most often the discomfort feels more painful in some and less in others. It's described as being:

  • A deep pain
  • Aching
  • Throbbing
  • Cramping

Growing pains seem to happen more in the shins, calves, behind the knee, and/or in the thighs. Research is not totally sure what causes the onset of growing pains, but in one study, they found that it usually happens more often in children who have low levels of Vitamin D.

Finding Relief

Kids going through growing pains can get some relief by visiting with their local chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment is not just for adults, but can be beneficial for the whole family, including infants, adolescents and teens.

If your child is going through growing pains, talk with your local chiropractor to hear some of the tips and suggestions they can offer to help alleviate the pain they're experiencing. They can also offer tips and advice when it comes to individual or family nutrition, exercise, and mental health as well.

One of the fastest growing chiropractic care clinics in the nation is The Joint Chiropractic. They have more than 500 locations throughout the United States, no appointment is necessary and walk-ins are always welcome. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif. 

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