You may have experienced growing pains when you were younger. If you did, then you probably remember what an agony they were.

Did you know that despite the fact that growing pains account for almost 10 percent of pediatric office visits, no firm cause has ever been established for them?

Unfortunately, it’s an area that there’s been very little research on, and what little work has been done on the topic has focused almost exclusively on the legs. In a way, that makes sense, because that’s where the pain is usually centered, but chiropractors take a different view.

Chiropractors look at the whole body, not just individual parts. Because of that, they take a comprehensive, biomechanical approach to the problem, and the reality is that young spinal cords grow very quickly, stressing a child’s entire body. That stress is bound to put pressure on the rest of the body as it tries valiantly to compensate for the radical changes it’s going through. Unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to the phenomenon we commonly call growing pains.

The good news is that there are viable treatment options, and your child doesn’t have to suffer.

Too often, the go-to solution is to walk up and down the hall with your child, or give them a leg massage, but those things often have limited impact. Your chiropractor can recommend a course of treatment including spinal adjustment (if and as needed), massage and specific exercises that can not only minimize the pain itself, but also minimize the chances of it recurring.

Growing up is tough, and it’s also hard on your body, but your child doesn’t have to suffer. Your chiropractor has the tools, training and expertise to help keep those growing pains to an absolute minimum, and that’s great news for everyone.