Did you know your teen’s posture can affect their final spine and skeleton shape as adults?
Good posture is a critical part of overall health and well-being, especially in teenagers.
Poor posture can lead to physical pain, stress, poor self-esteem, and even chronic health issues.
If you want to reduce the risks of posture-related health issues for your young people at home, it might be time for you to take them for a posture assessment at North West Physio!
What is a Posture assessment?
It is a comprehensive assessment of your standing and sitting posture using digital technology to get to the root cause of any potential issues.
A Physiotherapist looks at shoulder and hip positioning, as well as the curves of the spine. Other factors such as strength and flexibility can also be taken into consideration for the assessment.
To gain the most accurate results possible, measurements are often taken with a special posture app that takes photos and videos of your posture that we can then use to assess their posture and make personalised recommendations for their improvement if needed.
Why should my teen take a posture assessment?
Teenagers are at increased risk of posture-related health issues due to growth spurts and excessive amounts of sitting.
Posture is an important factor in maintaining their physical health, impacting how they look and feel.
Poor posture can even lead to chronic pain and long-term health problems. A posture assessment can help identify any current issues and provide strategies for improving them.
When is a good time to have my teen’s posture checked?
A good time for teenagers to have their posture assessed is when they reach puberty. This age range typically spans from ten to eighteen years of age and is ideal due to the rapid physical changes that occur during this period in life.
Conducting these assessments as early and as frequently as possible in their teenage years, allows you time to address them early on, before they become more severe or difficult to correct in adulthood.
What are the benefits of posture assessments for teens?
Good posture not only helps prevent neck, shoulder, and back pain that may arise during the adolescent years, but it also has other physical and mental health benefits.
Physical benefits include:
- improved respiratory functioning by increasing lung capacity
- improved core strength and stability.
Beyond physical benefits, improved posture has also been linked with increased confidence levels and reduced stress.
Early signs of your teen needing a posture assessment
If your teen complains of aches or pains when sitting or at the end of the day or if you notice them slumping or slouching, those are good indicators to book an appointment with a physiotherapist!
Think your teen needs a posture assessment?
If you’re in Brisbane, book an appointment with our friendly physiotherapists here at North West Physiotherapy!
Our clinics such as Everton Park are always enthusiastic about helping people, young and old, to improve their posture and their well-being.
Make sure to contact one of our clinics to book your appointment today!