Fascia Therapy for Kids
by Eric Winder, DC
Just like an adult, 20% of a kid’s body is comprised of the tissue called fascia. This fibrous connective tissue covers, attaches and supports all the other tissues of the body—muscles, organs, bones, joints, nerves and blood vessels. Fascia connects and protects the body, but also sometimes takes a beating when injuries occur, even as kids. And when that happens, a child can experience pain from the distorted fascia, so treating those restrictions can both relieve the pain and restore proper alignment and muscular balance.
As with adults, injuries in a child can trigger restriction and stiffening in the fascia tissues. Because fascia has nerve endings that help control muscle balance and joint alignment, those restrictions can cause imbalance and misalignment. In other words, even after an injury heals, there can still be “kinks and dents” in the fascia that cause pain and other problems.
New patients at my office often notice the toys and children’s books on the waiting room shelves and ask me what kind of problems I would be treating children for. I explain that kids have the same basic structure as adults do, so I treat kids for similar problems. Headaches, back or shoulder pain, sports injuries and car accidents all can leave a child in as much pain as an adult. The major difference with kids is they are resilient and haven’t lived long enough to develop the kind of chronic problems which tend to manifest gradually.
In fact, it is usually clear what kind of injury has caused a child or young adult’s pain, and this makes the treatment protocol more straightforward. Also, young bodies tend to respond more quickly to treatment—the kids who come to my office often experience positive results with just a few treatments. Recently, I treated a six-year-old, whom I will call Daniel, for neck pain and headaches that started when he fell while jumping on a trampoline. A similar injury in an adult can take many treatments to help resolve the pain. However, Daniel felt 90% better after just one session of releasing the fascial restrictions caused by his injury. After one follow-up treatment, he was completely pain-free.
In addition to headaches and neck or back pain, common issues that present in children include scoliosis, poor posture, and knee or foot pain. Anytime a child experiences ongoing pain that has not healed, it is important to have them evaluated for fascia restriction, so they can be properly treated. Fascia treatment is gentle, and kids are typically impressed with how quickly their bodies feel better. Even young patients, who were hesitant to see a new doctor, often cannot wait to hop on the table at their following treatment.
From a parent’s point of view, what’s crucial to know is their child’s treatment does not just relieve the pain. Treating fascia restrictions helps to prevent injuries from causing problems later in life. I tell my patients that it’s never to late to treat a fascia restriction to restore health and heal the body, but it sure is easier to do it before it has years to cause larger problems.
Dr. Eric Winder has been in practice for 21 years, and he focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through fascia release therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit GentleBay.com.