My mentees are always hurting from tight muscles, so to help them I do a multitude of things to get them to relax and ease the pain. I put them into tumble foams that relaxes the muscles and I use a mix of conventional and unconventional treatments to help children feel more comfortable. Children need to feel comfortable throughout the day in order to be able to accomplish more within the day. Families who are open to using topical Marijuana have a better chance of seeing their children more relaxed and comfortable throughout the day. As occupational therapists and mentors, we are able to move their bodies easier if they are relaxed and not in pain. The alternative medicine helps them to feel more comfortable allowing us to move their bodies more frequently to where we need them to be.
For example, we know children with Cerebral Palsy are usually smaller size, when they are more relaxed, I am able to practice driving their power chair with them for a longer amount of time. Children who are more comfortable are also able to show us which body part works the best for them. We want to find a balance between them being tight enough to sustain their weight during transfers but loose enough to be comfortable throughout the day. If children are constantly in pain they aren’t eating or sleeping well, which results in a whole set of problems for them. Some seizures are caused by bursts of pain; which leaves us with no other option, except rush them to the hospital.
A child that is comfortable is less likely to experience seizures. One of my fellow colleagues, knew a child who was having twenty seizures a day and when the family gave her medical Marijuana, the amount of seizures that she was experiencing declined dramatically (five or less seizures a day). Sometimes thinking out of the box is the key to helping a child feel more at ease. The most important thing we can do for a child is to keep them comfortable which allows them to do what they need to do throughout their day.
- Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children