Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 21 No.2
Childhood Aches & Pain
One of the most common complaints by children associated with bodily aches and pains are the so-called "growing pains".
Consider for a moment that the muscles from the top of our head to the bottom of our feet are constantly contracting and relaxing with every movement we make in order to keep us in balance.
Theoretically, if we extended on of our arms out from the body, it would throw our body out of balance and we would fall over. However, the muscles on the opposite side of the body from the extended arm will contract slightly to keep us in balance.
This balancing act goes on throughout our lifetime but is generally most active during our early years when we are growing and developing.
If we were to lean forward or sideways just a few inches from our normally erect posture, the muscles in our back and legs would have to stay slightly contracted to keep us from falling over. Then continued stress on these muscles would then cause leg pains. In a child's growing and developing body, the normal balance can be easily disturbed, especially due to the childhood falls, and dumps, jolts and whiplashes that can force the body's skeletal structure out of its normal alignment. When this happens, the leg muscles especially will be overworked and by the end of the day or during the night, the child will complain of leg pains.
Because these "growing pains" are usually the result of the spinal imbalances or subluxations (misaligned vertebrae), the most logical approach to treating the problem is spinal adjustments to help the body re-balance itself.
Because all children do not experience leg pains, it should be fairly obvious that the children, who do have pain, more than likely, have a skeletal imbalance. It is not normal for children to have to suffer with leg pains... nor is it necessary.
Gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments will help restore the normal skeletal balance and eliminate "growing pains"
If you know of a child suffering with growing pains, please share this article with the child's parents and suggest they call us for an appointment now.
THE NEED FOR CONTINUING CARE
The recovery from the back injury is almost miraculous, the pain is gone and the patient can once again function normally. It would see then, that any further treatment or spinal adjustments would just be a waste of time and money.
Nothing could be father from the truth.
In making a spinal correction, relieving the painful symptoms with spinal adjustments is our first objective. This would be somewhat like having a crooked tree that's pushing two electrical wires together causing them to short, spark and interfere with the normal flow of electricity. We could prop the tree away from the wires and we would immediately relive the problem, but unless we continued to work with the tree and as it continued to grow on it's crooked path, it would just be a matter of time until the problem would recur.
Another analogy would be the use of braces to straighten protruding teeth. After a few months and the teeth are now looking pretty straight, we could elect to remove the braces, but if the teeth are not firmly set in their sockets it would just be a matter of time until the teeth returned to their original crooked position.
Another consideration for the need for ongoing spinal adjustments is to make allowances for daily stresses, which tend to pull the spine back out of it's normal alignment. We see the spinal muscles contract in the cat and dog when they have fear or anger, as evidenced by their fur standing up along spine.
The animal, especially in its normal habitat, does not generally have on-going or excessive stress, as does the human. also, because the animal has very limited reasoning power it doesn't create stress with worrying, faultfinding, jealousy, greed, hatred, pride, etc.
On-going stress tends to do to the human spine what prolonged thumb sucking would do to the teeth. When these things happen it is necessary to have spinal adjustments and braces on the teeth to maintain the gain and to continue the corrective process.
Depending upon the severity of a patient's condition, their age, physical and emotional stresses, recommended continuing care may be weekly, twice a month or sometimes monthly.
Continuing care is somewhat like health insurance. Regular spinal tune-ups/check-ups insure that we will keep that healthy and happy feeling!
Pain and muscle tension in back of neck or between shoulder.
Stiffness or pain in lower back.
Loss of sleep.
Nervous tension - fatigue (nerve exhaustion).
Numbness or pain in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.
Muscle spasms or painful joints.
Dizziness or tiredness in the morning.
These symptoms indicate a need for a chiropractic examination immediately. If u suffer from one of these symptoms please give us a call today.
A Spinal Subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that squeezes or pinches a nerve, reducing nerve flow and causing pain and /or reduced function to the body. It is very similar to a kinked water hose that reduces the water flow. Chiropractic care helps to remove the kink and restore proper flow of the nervous system. Tell a friend about the effects of Spinal Subluxation.
Preventing Back Pain!
You can help to prevent back pain by lifting with your legs instead of your back.
To lift correctly, bend the knees while keeping your back straight. Hold the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible so that the bulk of the lifting is on the legs and not the back!