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Helping Growing Pains With Chiropractic Care

smiling teens boy and girlAt Van Every Family Chiropractic Center, we don’t believe that growth should be painful—and it doesn’t have to be.

If your child is waking you up at night, crying because of the pain in his or her legs or body, you probably feel like you’d do anything to conquer the agony that they’re going through.

Thankfully, there’s an option—focused, gentle chiropractic care.

What Are Growing Pains?

These pains are often defined as recurrent leg aches in children ages 2–12 years. While they can occur in the arms, they’re most often found in the legs and tend to cause the most discomfort in the middle of the night.

Aching legs (especially at night), throbbing shins, calves, and joints are common. There can be shooting pain into the legs and what feels like a very severe cramp. While many cases of growing pains are exactly that, they are sometimes also confused with over activity during the days (i.e. playing sports) and it can be linked with restless leg syndrome at night

What Causes Them?

Contrary to its name, many medical doctors are unsure as to whether the pain many adolescents feel is connected to growth or not. Instead, they believe that excessive play during the day may be the culprit. Some even say that it’s caused by emotional problems.
While everyone grows, not everyone experiences these types of aches. Factors that come into play include:

  • Rate of growth
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Ultimate height the child may reach

How Chiropractic Can Help

Your nervous system controls absolutely everything in your body- cells, organs and more. However, these nerves are housed in the spinal column with all of the nerve roots exiting between your vertebrae. While this is designed to be a safe place to house the nervous system, physical, chemical and even emotional stress can cause an overload on the system, meaning that signals get confused and pain from various sources can result.

With your child, we’ll look to the pelvis, hips and legs to make sure everything is well aligned, which may help them experience less aches as their system is balanced and functioning to the best of its ability, ready to accommodate their growth spurts.

Book Your Visit Today

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help, we’d love to speak with you—give us a call today to book your visit.


Growing Pains Royal Oak MI | (248) 616-0900