It’s a joy to watch children run and play. Their bodies seem to crave movement. In fact, our bodies require proper movement and flexibility for healthy function, otherwise results in painful altered biomechanics.
Many spinal alignment problems seen in adults can be traced back to childhood injuries, as children constantly suffer falls and tumbles. Altered movement of spinal joints cause spinal dysfunction or nerve irritation that can cause pain and affect optimal health – at any age.
Chiropractic care can correct small problems before they become a larger issue. Chiropractic uses soft tissue massage, joint mobilization and joint alignment techniques which improves spinal function optimizing the body’s natural ability to heal.
For years, parents whose children were experiencing pain in their legs were told this pain was due to “growing pains” and that children will “grow out” of their pain eventually. This way of thinking demonstrates how a lack of awareness of biomechanical joint conditions experienced by children, can affect their future mobility and flexibility.
These so called “growing pains” are actually painful muscles and tendons which can be readily treated by chiropractors.
Dr. Murray Hassard, an Oakville chiropractor who treats many children between 6 and 15 years of age, recognizes that children in this age group are “in a very active stage in their lives, and their active play can cause their vertebrae to become sub-luxated,” as he explains, or “out of optimal alignment”. This mal-alignment then irritates the nearby nerves that control the function of their legs.
“These irritated nerves cause painful muscle cramps in the thigh and shin muscles making the child complain of knee or leg pain,” says Dr. Hassard.
He further explains that adults who suffer from lower back pain (sciatica) or leg pains, often suffered from “growing pains” during their childhood. Having subluxations corrected in childhood may have helped them avoid any back or leg pain they might be experiencing today.
Children can suffer various injuries from contact sports, falling off a bike, or other slips and falls. They may also have poor posture from sitting improperly at school, watching television, or playing video games.
In addition, Dr. Hassard warns that children often suffer back strain from over-loaded school back packs.
Additionally, teens often suffer from the same strains they did as children, plus the emotional stress and hormonal changes associated with puberty, or their growing responsibilities of school and home, social lives and relationships.
Chiropractic care can start at any age. Your chiropractor will modify their adjusting technique based on your child’s size and condition. They may use special instruments or vary the technique and force of the adjustment.
Some clinics now even offer a new technology called Laser Therapy (or soft tissue laser), which is used to reduce inflammation prior to joint adjustments. This technique appears to help the correction last much longer and require much less force. And since children’s spines are more flexible than those of adult’s, this means that children often require less adjustments and will respond much quicker to chiropractic care.•
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Dr. Murray Hassard is a Chiropractor for the past 28 years and owner of Hassard Chiropractic Clinic in Oakville, where he also practices Homeopathy. In addition, he often lectures at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. www.hassardchiropractic.com