Children’s Spines and Media Gadgets

“As the twig is bent, so is the tree,” –B.J. Palmer

It’s shocking to witness the marked increase in the number of children who have poor posture today. This is likely related to our youth’s over reliance on technology, which has made the lives of our children increasingly sedentary.

We now see children who present with conditions that were previously only seen in adults. The structural collapse of the skeleton may play a contributing role in myriad aches, pains and unexplained health problems. The skeleton is the framework of support for all the body’s systems, including nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system functions. The question is, how can we correct these problems and make sure that children grow up to have good posture?

Let’s break this down into typical childhood activities and how we and optimize their environment:

Home: Try to keep the children off the media gadgets as much as possible. We can also educate children of proper posture hygiene by using ergonomic balls instead of couches; movement every 15 minutes; encouraging children to go outside playing; and so forth. Proper posture habits needs to be on par with brushing your teeth, eating good food, and a good night’s sleep.

Sitting: Many experts propose a solution that children can simply counter the degenerative effects of disproportionate sitting by standing. This may be true to a certain extent, but there are also some potential downsides to standing in the same position for long periods of time. If you stand in an inactive posture for a prolonged period, you may overload your spine, which can cause back pain. Ideally, you should strive for a balance between sitting, standing and moving. One of the best ways to do this is to monitor your sitting, standing and moving times.

School: We can recommend our teachers to introduce this (sitting, standing and moving) by using an egg timer so that they are reminded to move every 15 minutes. Even if the child just stands and sits, this may be enough to reboot. The alternation of sitting, standing and moving is not a panacea, but everything counts when it comes to your child’s health.

-Lawrence Woods