Posture Pain, Postural Challenges, Children and Chiropractic

Posture Is A Very Overlooked Cause Of Pain!

Do you have a child who is expressing to you some kind of pain complaint?  If you’ve never considered it as a potential source of pain, please be aware that childhood postural distortion is one of the leading causes of difficult to trace pain in children of all ages.

No Such Thing…… As “Normal” Growing Pains

In children, unlevel posture (aka bad or poor posture), is a common denominator of most mysterious pain syndromes of the musculoskeletal system known as “normal growing pains.”

Please be aware there is no such thing as “NORMAL” pain.  All pain has a cause, and in a large majority of ‘growing pain’ cases, unlevel posture is that cause.

Because “growing pains” are not well understood by a vast majority in the health care professions, these early warning signals of impending problems are seldom given the credence and attention they deserve.

As a result, their cause is seldom ever addressed properly and the destructive consequences show up only when the child has grown older.

School Posture Exams

In general, most postural distortions are found by nurses doing scoliosis exams in schools.  In those cases where a potential problem seems to exist, many children are referred to an orthopedist who generally takes an x-ray to check into the finding.  Except in severe cases of scoliosis, this is generally as far as it goes, with perhaps a follow-up appointment being set up in six months to a year to follow the progress of the condition.

Perhaps the postural distortion that is found is not causing pain at the time it and is more or less dismissed.  Essentially, this approach is inadvertently doing little more than watching the underlying cause of the problem grow worse until a pain producing problem develops later on.  This is fairly dangerous thinking, as it is always easier to correct a problem in its beginning stages rather than later on when the challenge has had time to grow.

Essentially, when a child is experiencing unexplained pain, their little skeletal structures are asking for help, but most doctors dismiss “growing pains” as “normal” because few professionals understand them enough to offer assistance.

As a result, “growing pains” are frequently left improperly or unaddressed altogether, and then allowed time to grow worse.

Common Childhood Complaints Caused By Unlevel Posture

Headaches, vision problems, neck or back pain, burning or tightness in the neck or back, pain between the shoulder blades, pain when bending or twisting, restricted movements, pinching sensations, fatigue, poor concentration and focus, nervousness and anxiety.

Actually, any complaint that an adult can experience is also commonly found in children.

The wonderful thing about kids and chiropractic is that their spines have not yet had time to harden into adulthood.

This natural flexibility of youth means that for most children, they respond quite nicely to chiropractic treatment.

Soft Touch Techniques For Kids

At ChiroCenter, we have many soft touch techniques that help take the fear out of going to a chiropractor for children.

In general, the chiropractor often becomes a child’s favorite doctor, especially when their pain can be eliminated without traditional “yucky” pills or painful shots.

Because so many childhood postural problems do not begin producing pain until adulthood after they have had time to wear down their structure, one of the most special gifts that a parent can give a child is that of good posture as they grow into adulthood.

Take An At-Home Posture Test

If your child is complaining of mysterious pain, don’t be too quick to accept the “normal growing pains” consensus.  ALL pain has a cause.  Consider the possibility of unlevel posture as the underlying cause of their pain.  Even minor structural distortions can cause significant challenges.   No one wants to see a child hurt, and we’ve helped hundreds of kids overcome pain and get back to enjoying their youth.

For a complete article about the effects of unlevel posture and to take an at-home posture exam that may uncover hidden problems, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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