With another new school year getting underway checking your child’s posture should become part of your daily routine. Poor posture is always something talked about with adults, but what about the kids? It has now become an epidemic and many don’t realize what kind of effects if can have on long-term health.
Poor Posture can be caused by heavy backpacks, looking down at a phone, slouching over an iPad, sinking into the couch playing video games, and sitting a desk or table and doing homework for hours- just to name a few.
Proper backpack use should include: padded shoulder straps with both straps worn at all times, use of a waist strap, a size the same as a child’s torso, and weighs less then 15% of body weight with heavy items packed closest to the body.
Poor posture in a child that is left untreated can lead to a lifetime of poor posture and aches and pains. This also can lead to weakened abdominal and lower back musculature. More specifically here are a few health risks with poor posture:
Spinal Curves: Our bodies are created to have an “S” curve shape down the spine from front to back. As we sit in slouched positions with our heads hanging down and our shoulders rolled forward we remove this pattern and create misalignments/subluxations. When these misalignments occur they place pressure on nerves and our body is no longer functioning at its best.
Neck and Back Pain: When our spine becomes misaligned the pressure placed on the nerves can create pain and muscle tightness. This makes it more difficult to correct their posture become the body begins to see this as the “new normal.” Keep in mind that kids don’t always express pain the same as adults so it might be harder to detect.
Organ Function: Our nervous system not only controls our muscles but our organs as well. When the misalignments from poor posture place pressure on the nerves they can’t supply the organs in a proper manner. An unhealthy shape of our spine can lead to unhealthy function of our organs.
You can get help from our chiropractors at Clark Chiropractic on take home tips and getting your kids their adjustments to maintain posture and defeat misalignments.