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Empowering Parents: The Science Behind Alleviating Children's Growing Pains


Childhood is ever changing and growing, and there are always challenges that pair with that. Silently struggling growing pains often go unnoticed, even with the stress it causes on the whole family. Have you ever had a night sitting and consoling your kiddo because of that throbbing discomfort in their legs?

Unfortunately, you are not alone. So many parents today struggle with this, especially when those growth spurts hit. Mood, behavior and emotions also get mixed in with that physical discomfort. Nearly half of all school-aged kids experience growing pains. These pains can so greatly affect your daily life, even though they are considered a “normal” part of childhood. While pediatricians may dismiss them, attributing them to the natural course of growth, we know there’s more to it. What if neurologically-focused Chiropractic Care can address the neurological roots of growing pains, without any drugs?

Our goal in this blog is to empower you with safe, drug-free solutions to calm your child’s growing pains one and for all. Let’s take a deep dive into the science behind why some kids experience more growing pains, and how stress and tension within the nervous system plays into that.

The Correlation Between Growing Pains and Other Neurological Challenges

Shockingly, many parents have found a connection with their children facing  sensory challenges, Autism, ADHD, and growing pains. Ever-growing “sensory, emotional, and behavioral” struggles pair themselves with the physical discomfort. As we dive in this trend reveals a pretty obvious root cause – excessive stress and tension stuck in a child’s sympathetic fight-or-flight nervous system

The Science Behind Growing Pains

Beginning anywhere between the ages of 3-12 years old, growing pains persist for years with varying intensity during rapid growth spurts. Pediatricians often credit these aches to the belief that the pace of growth surpasses the development of muscles and ligaments.

Tension accumulates in the muscles, ligaments, and the sensory nerves surrounding the bones that are elongating during the growth spurt.This leads to joint and neurospinal misalignments known as  subluxations Misalignments like these cause irritation to the nerves, triggering pain and sensory problems.

Neuromuscular irritation and tension, resulting from subluxations, sends signals to the brain known as “nociception”. This causes the sensation of pain, dysfunction, and irritation. This doesn’t just affect the physical but it can also present in emotions and behaviors.

The constant nervous system noise and tension arising from subluxations during periods of growth lead to distressing flare-ups termed “growing pains.” Children stuck in a perpetual fight or flight overdrive experience these pains more frequently and with greater severity

How to Manage Growing Pains with Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care

After all this discussion of the impact of the stress and tension coupled with growing pains, it’s time for the good news – these issues can be addressed naturally and safely WITHOUT drugs. At Experience Life Chiropractic, we get to the root cause through our evals with our INSiGHT Scans. These scans can precisely identify areas of dysfunction within your child’s nervous system. This information guides gentle adjustments aimed at restoring balance and relieving tension.

The benefits extend beyond physical comfort for your child, including improved sleep. Chiropractic care can absolutely help your child sleep better, free from the discomfort of growing pains. Don’t wait for your child to outgrow them. Recognizing the importance of growing pains allows you to ensure your child can navigate this phase with resilience and optimal well-being. If you are not local to us, check out the PX Docs directory to find a trained and ready PX Doctor near you!


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