Leg Pain or Growing Pains?
So what is growing pains?
According to Wikipedia, Growing pains?”are pain symptoms relatively common in children ages 3-12. Typically, they are located in the muscles, rather than the joints, of the leg and less commonly the arm. They are usually felt on both sides, and appear late in the day or at night, waking the child, with pain varying from mild to very severe. Pain is absent by the morning, and there are no objective clinical signs of inflammation. Pain can recur nightly or be absent for days to months. Growing pain is not associated with other serious disease and usually resolves by late childhood, but frequent episodes are capable of having a substantial effect on the life of the child.?Growing pains were first described as such in 1823 by a French doctor”.
The causes of growing pains are unknown. Theories include physical exercise pain, tiredness, physical posture disorder, or psychological issues.
Parents and children need to be reassured that this condition is self-limiting in nature, that means, in time this pain will disappear without untoward effect on the child’s function, mobility, or health. Parents can apply heat pads to the affected area, give massage, hot baths, and acetaminophen or ibuprofen that will decrease the pain.
When Will You Be Alarmed
Bring your child to the doctor as soon as possible when the following symptoms occurs:
- Pain persisted until morning not relieved with pain medication, massage or hot packs.
- There is swelling, redness, deformity, and discoloration of the extremity.
- Pain increases when limb is moved, or when the child starts to walk
- Associated ill feeling of fever, stomach pain, dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
Have You Heard of Acupressure Treatment for Growing Pains?
Yes, acupressure is extremely effective in growing pains, a testimony to?this is how I treated my daughter with acupressure every time she complained of a leg pain. The condition she had is exactly the same as what was described above, a textbook case scenario.
I have never given my daughter Ibuprofen or Tylenol as suggested by the doctor, since I already knew that this is treatable with acupressure. I brought her to the doctor once just to confirm that this pain is benign, so I don’t have to worry about something else.
Are you willing to try these techniques in your child and if it helps, can you please pass it on to family members, relatives and friends?
This is very easy to perform, duration of 15-30 minutes depending on severity of pain.
- Prepare your lavender massage oil and clean your hands.
- Sit and lay your child on bed or couch and rest her or his legs on your thigh.
- Rub lavender massage oil starting from above the knee down to the foot and toes.
- Start kneading on the lower thigh (front and back) with your 5 fingers of both hands, then continue going down to the knee and on the sides of the shin bone in a long stroking motion going down further to the toes. Massage each toe 10 sec each. Repeat 10x.
- Massage the back of the leg, especially the calf muscle for 3-5?mins.
- Knead both sides of Achilles (above the posterior ankle) pressing the depression together with both your thumb and index finger. Knead?1-2 mins.
- Knead the space between the big and 2nd toe with your thumb and index finger positioned above and below the foot respectively. Massage 30-60 sec.
- Knead the middle of the ankle joint 2-3 mins.
- Lastly knead the bottom of foot starting from the middle towards the toes, Do 2-3 mins.
- If the child still complain of pain, repeat the whole process described above.
- I always end my daughter’s massage with a light tickle on the sides. She likes it and?always end up?giggling.
Benefits of Lavender Oil:
Often used to treat various aches and pains such as sore or tense muscles, joint pain, rheumatism, and sprains.
Lavender Oil massage?acts as lubrication to prevent skin irritation and makes skin supple.
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