“Sit up straight!” We’ve all heard it (or said it) a million times, but many people aren’t aware thatpoor posture as a kid can create health challenges later in life. Rounded shoulders (scapularprotrusion), swayback (lumbar hyperlordosis) and a hunched upper back (thoracichyperkyphosis) are all postural imbalances that place a tremendous amount of stress on thespine. The muscles supporting your spine consequently must work harder to support your bodyweight which can result in pain. These types of abnormal postures have been linked toeverything from depression to decreases in energy and headaches to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Poor posture is usually caused by what kids aren’t doing instead of what they are doing. If yourchild is on their phone or playing a game on their tablet, they probably may not be moving andstretching very often. One of the most important things you can do to encourage good posture isto set a timer and have them stretch and change positions every 15 minutes. This will allow theirspine, muscles and joints to decompress and reset. By breaking the pattern of poor posture, youcan help reduce the likelihood of your child experiencing pain.