Growing Pains are a concern for most teenagers, pre-teens and their parents. As a rule, growing pains are poorly understood and often brushed aside as something that you must go through during adolescence. This is not necessarily true. In fact, most “growing pains” can be eliminated or at least eased with some quality care and attention.
What Causes “Growing Pains”?
A very common time to suffer “growing pains” is when your bones are quickly lengthening. As a consequence, your muscles also have to lengthen to keep a normal “muscle length-tension ratio”. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen naturally. If your muscles do not lengthen adequately, it results in an increasing muscular tension pulling on the soft bone growth plates.
Commonly we find that those kids who suffer “growing pains” have excessively tight muscles that cause their pain.
What Can Be Done to Help Growing Pain?
The good news is that your physiotherapist is trained in the assessment of your child’s normal muscle length. Immediately after their assessment, your child will be prescribed corrective techniques to lengthen any tight soft tissue. Every child is different and they do have individual genetics. As you would be well aware, not everyone can be a contortionist! Therefore, the rate your child’s improvement, techniques used or exercises performed will vary from individual to individual.
What Results Can You Expect?
Luckily, growing pains usually disappear within days or just a few weeks once the correct treatment is commenced. Considering that most untreated “growing pains” can last 18 months or more, that’s very pleasing news for your child. Why let your child needlessly suffer when there is a very simple, safe and effective solution available?