Children: Backpacks, Back Pain and Posture
Children and back pain is a growing concern. Before back-to-school slumps your child back into a hunch with “tech posture,” document his or her growing, changing body with a posture picture. You can also use the picture to build his/her posture awareness.
Annual posture pictures are a great idea to keep a visual record of how kids look and stand. They can also help you stay ahead of postural issues that can lead to children’s back pain. They also provide an early indicator of scoliosis, or worsening scoliosis.
While teens ignore a parent’s nagging to “straighten up”, seeing an image of their own body hunched over makes a big impact.
Factors that Impact a Child’s Back Pain
From kids to adults, people are surprised to see themselves standing with obviously distorted posture, despite their best efforts to stand tall. Plus, the posture distortions of today’s kids, who spend hours slumped in front of TVs, crouched over video games, hunched over cellphones and tablets, and folded over computer keyboards, are likely to be worse than their parents as they get older.
This is why it is important for you, the parent, to build your child’s posture consciousness and help him to make changes to avoid having the dreaded “hunchback” later in life. You also don’t want your child to be one of the growing number of kids each year to report recurring back pain.
Find the how to on taking your kid’s posture picture in Back to School – Straighten Up! Read on…
How to Improve My Child’s Posture
If your child’s posture picture shows alarming results, or you have a concern about what their backpack or other habits is doing to their growing body, check out 7 Steps to StrongPosture. It’s the online posture correction video program that you can do with your child to not only improve their posture, but your own as well!
Each week you and your child will watch a series of videos together and practice the exercises and demos. The lessons are lead by world-renowned posture authority, Dr. Steven Weiniger. Over 7 Weeks you’ll learn why posture is important, how habits affect posture and a fun program using big exercise balls to get stronger and more aligned day-by-day. Each Step along the way you’ll earn a badge in honor of your successes and at the end of the program you’ll earn a certificate of achievement!
The program is set out in 7 Steps – normally accomplished in 7 Weeks – but go at your own pace and have fun with it while creating new StrongPosture® habits!
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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