Doctor, Why Does My Child Twitch?

This month seems to be the month that I finally address this question. Parents, mostly mommies, will watch their children with an eagle eye and notice faint twitching happening throughout the body. Sometimes you will see a faint small one in an arm and within the next second one on the opposite leg. Then later the child is diagnosed as fidgety or worse ‘ADHD’ with suggestion that medication would help this hyperactivity. As they grow into the adult form of this symptom, they may still be labelled ADHD, and the twitching never goes away.

First, we need to answer, what is this twitching? It is not a full on muscular involuntary contraction. It is actually a fine muscle fiber contraction. I think that it is the body’s attempt to release or dissipate tension.

Second, how is this tension acquired? Because this is a blog about osteopathic philosophy, the tension is usually always traumatically acquired, and most of the time this is acquired through a high velocity impact. Of all my twitchy cases, there has not been one that was acquired slowly over time in the manner of a repetitive stress injury. They have been from falls (by rolling mostly) off the bed, pushed or shoved off the bed by a sibling, or at worse months to years after being involved in…a car accident.

After an accident, most parents don’t notice any problems that they can immediately attribute to the impact. They brush it off and soon it is out of their mind. Maybe a year or so later, mom will see something, get suspicious and then continue observing.

Why does it take months or years for this twitching to appear? At the time of impact, children are mostly water and their bones are mostly cartilage. They rarely break anything on impact. They just bounce. But that impact makes an impression of shock and the tissues (and future muscles) will seize up into that form. Later, when the child’s body attempts to growth out of that contractured state, tensions will develop along those lines. The child usually does not feel pain from these tensions primarily because their body, brain and spinal cord developed around these strains and mold them into the developmental pattern as ‘normal.’

Just like my “Doctor, Why are My Legs Heavy?” this post will answer a simple question that remains unaddressed or ignored by medical professionals all over the world. How do I know this with such certainty? Let me prove this to you and predict what will happen. Let’s prove this…First, have your child lay down. Have him or her pull he knees to chest, use the arms to hold the knees to chest. Have your child relax and keep the eyes closed…and just wait and watch…more twitching will come out! Sorry, I cannot explain to you how to disengage this activity from the brain and spinal cord, to reboot the system and reset it…too complex and esoteric…I only discovered this in the last several months. Let me now predict what will happen with the physical body. As your child growths up, there will be tensions on the lower extremity which might manifest in growing pains, tightness, or more twitching. From above, the development in the shoulders will be restricted, and they will be relatively narrow to the size and height of the child. Those restrictions will also impinge on the front portion of the head and neck. The neck will be pulled down and forward in hyperextension and the jaw and chin will be narrow and pointy giving your child an elfish or pixie look. Don’t worry…again, this is not painful…it is just evidence of constraints and tensions…it is not dangerous. It is a tension state that the body learns to accomodate. Later, when they grow up, these physical features remain. They will be relevant when your child has any further trauma or just ages. It becomes another load for the body to bear in addition to the gravitational work, at some point, somethings going to give…How do I know? I’ve seen it and I have treated it and the precise treatment results in instantaneous changes, which proves the theory.

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