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Help Your Child's Posture

By Sara Butler

One of the best things you can do for the overall health of your child is to teach them good habits early, and one of those habits should be good posture. But, there are a lot of posture pitfalls to navigate in modern life. Sitting at desks in school for hours a day and then coming home to sit at a computer or game console for even more time can set up your child for bad postural habits. Here are few exercises you can teach your child to help them develop and maintain a healthier posture!

The Shoulder Blade Squash

This is a really easy exercise to teach even the youngest of children, and can be fun to do! All you need to do is have your child:

  • Stand up straight
  • Put their arms out in front of them
  • Bend their arms at the elbows
  • Squeeze their shoulder blades together in back
  • Hold for five seconds
  • Repeat five times

Head and Neck Alignment

Your child needs to make a habit out of keeping their head and neck aligned to encourage better posture. They can easily to this with the help of this exercise. Have your child:

  • Put their hand behind their head, fingers laced
  • Point their elbows out from their head
  • Gently push their hands forward as they push their head back against it
  • Have them keep their head aligned with their spine as they do this
  • Hold for five to ten seconds
  • Repeat three times

Wall Angels

If your kids like to make snow or sand angels, then this is right up their alley! For this one, you should ask your child to:

  • Stand up straight against a wall
  • Press their lower back up against the wall
  • Put their hands straight out to the sides, palms out
  • Raise and lower their arms as they stay in constant contact with the wall
  • Repeat 10 times

Find a Class

Sometimes a movement class is what a child needs in order to help them build body awareness, improve their balance, confidence, and motor skills. Many movement classes focus on proper posture and help improve the strength of the muscles that support the back and neck. Some movement classes your child may be interested in include:

  • Ice skating
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

It’s not as difficult as you think to get your child interested in activities that support healthy habits and healthy posture!

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

 

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