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Preventing Back Pain in Tall Teenagers

For parents, it seems that teenagers sprout overnight. One minute you are looking at a sweet child that is shorter than you and the next you have a teenager that is towering above your head. While there are many benefits to being tall (such as a basketball scholarship), being a tall teen can also come with a higher risk of back pain.

Here are some great ways to protect your tall teen’s back and to teach them how to have the best ergonomics so they can prevent back pain for themselves in the future.

Teach Them the Right Form

If your teenager is taller than you, then you may not realize that many of the daily activities he does, he is doing with poor posture or form. Pay attention to how your teen walks and sits. Make sure they do not slouch or slump forward. Also, a good rule is to discourage lying on their stomachs, especially to work on their homework or the computer. This position may feel comfortable now, but it can put too much stress on the lower back.

Another thing to keep in mind is the height of chairs and computer screens. Your office chair and computer may be perfectly adjusted for your height, but when your teen uses it, he could be straining his back and neck. Instead, teach him how to adjust the chair and computer screen so it is better suited for his height or give him his own ergonomically friendly workspace.

Encourage Strength Training

Being tall already means that your body has to work harder than those that are shorter than you. It is then essential to stay a healthy weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Your teen can also help prevent back pain issues now and in the future with regular strength training. Your teen should focus on strengthening his core, which will then support his lower back properly. Stretching is also essential for everyone, your teenager too.

Regular Chiropractic Care is a Must

Chiropractic care is a must, especially if your tall teen is not done growing yet. A chiropractor can help ensure that there are no subluxations, or misalignments. Regular adjustments will also help promote better posture in your teen and just make them feel better all around.

Adjustments can also help prevent injuries in teen athletes and help them play and perform better. So whether you have a tall teen or a short teen, The Joint would love to see them to ensure their spines are as healthy as can be.

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