With the kids back at school, now is the perfect time to begin forming practices for good posture.
In a recent study, it was shown that a staggering 34% – 50% of children have incorrect postures.
Poor sitting habits, screen time and insufficient exercise are major contributors , and the problem is not going away anytime soon.
So, what can we do to help the younger generation improve their posture, and how do we set them up for good posture practices for life?
Fortunately, there are simple ways we can improve their posture with just a few changes in their daily routine.
Good Posture when Sitting
As the start of school approaches, it’s important to remember that good posture when sitting is essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Now is the perfect time to begin forming habits that help your child maintain good posture while studying.
This includes teaching them how to sit correctly, discouraging them from swinging on their chair and setting up a comfortable workspace at home.
Correct Posture When Sitting at Desk
A good place to start is with an ergonomic chair that allows the spine to remain straight.
For the correct posture, follow these pointers! Are your:
- keep feet flat on the floor, forearms parallel to the ground,
- wrists in line with your elbows when typing or using a mouse, and
- Screens at eyelevel to prevent neck strain?
Posture analysis & screen time
Poor posture during childhood can lead to long-term issues such as neck pain, back pain and poor circulation in adulthood.
The best way to prevent these health concerns is by encouraging good habits early on and teaching children how to use technology in a way that supports healthy body alignment.
It is important that your child takes regular breaks from their screens and gets sufficient exercise daily. This is at least one hour of active time a day!
For expert advice, North West Physio can conduct a posture analysis and assessment for your child and iron out any posture imbalances that may be causing them discomfort.
Best bags for posture and injury prevention
To ensure proper posture, parents should look for backpacks designed with ergonomic features specifically tailored to a child’s body.
The best bags for kids’ posture have adjustable straps and waist belt with superior weight distribution.
These features work together to evenly distribute the bag’s weight across the shoulders, hips and spine – significantly reducing stress on those areas.
At North West Physio, our clinics provide podiatrists and physiotherapists who work hand in hand to customise a treatment plan for your children’s needs.
Shoes also play an important factor in children’s posture. Need help choosing the right school shoes? Read here for tips.
Orthotics and foot stretches can help correct your child’s posture and can also help with common children’s foot and ankle issues such as flat feet and toe walking.
For more information, check out our article Kids Podiatry: 10 things a Podiatrist can help with.
Back to School Tips for Good Posture
Having correct is essential for staying healthy and active. It’s vital to practice good posture early on in life to prevent problems in adult life.
Taking the time to form good habits now will ensure your children are able to enjoy physical activities and remain pain-free.
Whether it’s sitting correctly in their chair to wearing the correct shoes and bags, the good habits they learn now can last a life time!
If you are concerned about your child’s posture and want to talk to a specialist, call North West Physio today!