Why Your Child Needs Better Posture
Kids and posture are an ongoing concern. There are numerous reasons why your child may develop poor posture and the consequences can be far-reaching. As a parent, it helps to know why poor posture occurs and what you can do to prevent it.
Causes of Poor Posture
Time sitting at desks and in front of screens
Excessive time hunched over mobile devices
These activities probably won’t have a significant impact in the short term. However, over an extended period, serious risks can develop.
Risks of Poor Posture
Poor posture can severely affect a child’s health and wellbeing over time. Some of the risks associated with prolonged posture issues are:
Spinal Curvatures: When a child consistently practices poor posture, it can cause the spine to grow in an irregular curve that can affect the health of the spine and surrounding nerves.
Neck and Back Strain: Poor posture stresses all the muscles that support the spine, which can lead to chronic pain that resonates throughout the body.
Organ Function: When the spine is not aligned properly, it can impact the function of many vital organs. Since a child’s organs are still growing, long-term damage can occur.
Helping Your Child Straighten Up
The good news is you can take steps to help your child improve posture and avoid problems later in life. Teach them to sit up straight when sitting at a table or desk and encourage them to prop up devices so they are not looking down at the screens. Lastly, look for backpacks that fit your child properly and limit the amount of items inside.
Chiropractic can also help your children maintain spinal alignment. Dr. Williams at Preferred Family Chiropractic works with patients of all ages to promote optimal health and wellness. Schedule your appointment today by giving us a call at 352-536-1300.