Sadly, many childhood aches and pains are passed off as "growing pains." Be careful! Aches and pains at any age are a good sign that something is wrong. Subluxations may be involved. These generalized aches and pains of childhood aren't really "growing" pains. They are more commonly the way the body reacts when attempting to accomodate various types of spinal distortions and abnormal joint function. A growing number of parents recognize the value of having their children checked for spinal problems. In fact, many of the issues we see in our older patients often start in childhood.
Take ill-fitting clothing for instance, when one hip or shoulder is higher than the other, it can often show up in the dressing room when trying on new clothes. If you notice your child's feet turning inward or outward, this is often accompanied by uneven shoe wear. A common effect can be postural and function distortions in the spine, especially the neck, manifesting in the form of headache.
It's important to know which symptoms reveal issues that are most likely to resolve on their own and which sympotoms suggest something more serious.