Growing Pains: A descriptor for lazy or disinterested practitioners?
I have always hated the term “growing pains”, now apparently endowed with the official descriptor, GP’s.
I mean, what the hell does it MEAN? That it is normal to get pain as a child when you grow? That it should be ignored because it is a rite of passage through childhood? Maybe it is character building and will make the child a better adult?
One thing I do know is that I am totally opposed to any term that attempts to paint pain as normal.
By its very nature, pain is not normal, it is a very specific neural signal telling the individual that something is not right.
According to Woolf, there are three classes of pain: nociceptive pain, inflammatory pain which is associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells, and pathological pain which is a disease state caused by damage to the nervous system (neuropathic pain) or by its abnormal function (dysfunctional pain, like in fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, tension type headache, etc.) 
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