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    Physiotherapy - How Can You Help Your Child

    What are growing pains?

    Children can often suffer with aches and pains in their legs and feet, which can be known as ‘growing pains’. This is the term used to describe a discomfort that affects the muscles rather than the bones or joints.

    What causes them?

    Although the true cause is unknown, this pain is thought to be caused by an imbalance in the rate of growth of the bones and the soft tissue in the legs.

    What are the symptoms?

    According to NHS.UK, symptoms can include:

    How can physiotherapy help with growing pains?

    Our paediatric physiotherapy team are at hand to help! Following a full assessment, they can:

    Provide a personalised exercise programme to encourage stretching and strengthening of the muscles

    Provide advice and information on pain management

    If these match your child’s current symptoms, try the stretches below up to three times per day to kick start your treatment prior to a physiotherapy appointment.

    **If you feel any pain, stop your stretches and wait to attend your physiotherapy appointment**

     

     

    • Stand with one front in front of the other, as shown in the picture above, using a wall or chair for balance.
    • Lean forwards, putting your weight through your front foot, keeping both heels flat on the floor.
    • You should feel a stretch in the lower half of your back leg.
    • Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and rest, before repeating for a total of three times per leg.

     

     

    • Sit on the floor with your back straight and your legs straight and stretched out to the side to a comfortable level.
    • Bend one leg at the knee, as shown in the picture and point the toes of your straight leg towards to ceiling.
    • Keeping your knees in contact with the floor, lean towards your toes until you feel a stretch along the back of your leg.
    • Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and rest, before repeating for a total of three times per leg.
    • OR: your child can try long sitting for 5-10 minutes: sitting with legs and back straight.

     

     

    • Stand with your feet together, holding on to a kitchen work-top or something of a similar height for balance.
    • Bend one leg at the knee and hold the ankle towards your bottom, as shown in the picture.
    • You should feel a stretch along the front of your leg.
    • Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and rest, before repeating for a total of three times per leg.
       

     

     

    • Sitting on the floor, with your back straight.
    • Bend one leg in front of your body and the other behind yourself, as shown in the picture.
    • Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and rest, before repeating for a total of three times per leg.

     

    Content created by 
    Bethany Purvor
    Student Physiotherapist @ UCLan