“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.
We have a number of potential solutions that are specially designed to deal with this little known nervous system problem.
- The Foundation – A portable posture correction device designed to exercise core muscles while sitting.
- Reboot – Scientists say it is actually non-exercise movement, the mere change in posture every 15 minutes or so, is a major influence in avoiding these chronic problems. So, the solution is simple: REBOOT! We, at The Spinery, invented a fun reminder that makes you do just that.
- Our book – Rethinking Posture in the Modern World
- Outlines a simple guide to analyse posture and correct it. Good posture should be equal with brushing your teeth.
- Explains how to adapt more primal movement patterns to strengthen and correct posture.
- Encourages the use of ACE (Active Conscious Engagement) with easy-to-follow strategies while sitting, standing and exercising. This is by actively transferring the stress off your spine, discs and joints to your core muscles, so that you will be ‘exercising’ all day.
Also, if you enjoyed this article you should check out these other articles on other shocking affects of bad posture.
- Is The Nervous System Disrupted by Poor Posture?
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- Are we becoming a smartphone zombie?
- Practical guide on how to sit, sleep and move for everyone.
- Simple solution for anyone who sits too much.
– Lawrence Woods