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How to Improve Your Child's Posture

By Sara Butler

As a parent, it’s kind of your job to make sure your child develops healthy habits. Sometimes it seems as if the only way to accomplish that is by nagging them – and that never ends well. You can save both you and your kids a lot of stress by making instilling good habits fun. Chiropractors are big proponents of good posture habits and there just so happens to be some fun ways The Joint thinks you can teach your children proper posture!

Why It’s an Issue for Kids

How much time does your child spend sitting at school all day, wearing a backpack, participating in sports, playing on an iPad or texting their friends? Probably more time than you really want to admit, which is why text neck has become such a big problems for young kids. These problems are also starting younger and younger, which is why every parent should be concerned.

You child may not experience back pain the same way you do, but to your chiropractor, the signs are there that bad posture is being practiced.

Posture Practice

Just like teaching your child to tie their shoes or brush their teeth, proper posture is something that is best practiced together. Devoting just three minutes each day to teaching your child proper posture will pay off big time – for your health and for theirs! You should:

  • Teach them to stand tall – Show them how to stand tall with their head held high. Their ears, shoulders, knees, hips, and ankles should all be in a straight line with the belly button pulled in.
  • Show them how to relax the muscles of the spine – This can be accomplished through exercise. All you have to do is relax the tummy and let your head hang loosely forward. Then, gently turn the head from one side to another while counting to 15.

Another thing to check is how heavy your child’s backpack is. Also, buy them shoes that are supportive with a good grip on the ground to help keep them steady as they play hard. Children should be getting exercise, too – being active will only help their posture as well as their overall health.

If you have questions about the best ways to teach your child about good posture, then make sure to ask the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif. 

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