Maintain good posture to avoid back pain

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If you have been experiencing back pain, then you need to have a look at your posture. Posture is a problem common amongst children and adults alike. In fact, bad posture starts developing since we are kids and this back problem continues to expand as we grow.

If you are a parent who has experienced back pain, then you understand the importance of teaching your children about good posture.  Maintaining a good posture in children helps prevent the development of back and spinal problems in the future. Kids that slouch over their desks generally have different shoulder heights, while those that carry heavy backpacks will slowly develop abnormal spine structures. This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options.

Parents can easily tell if their children have bad posture by taking a look at the neck, upper back and lower back. The healthy spine curves inward at the neck, outward at the upper back and inward at the lower back. When in an improper posture, the curves are increased or decreased and the muscles have to work harder to retain and balance the distribution of weight. This leads to fatigue and strains.

Thus, parents who fear that their children or they themselves have poor posture and want to prevent back pain can follow the tips below to get a head start on their family's spinal well-being:

 

  • Read about good posture and ways to attain and maintain it.
  • Remind your children to assume a good posture by correcting your own posture in their presence.
  • Ensure that any computers or videogames equipment is at eye level.
  • Ensure that they have comfortable chairs and arms, legs and neck support while they are doing their home work. You could also speak to your children's school teacher about the incentives adopted by the school to promote good posture or conversely you can ask the teacher for feedback about your children's posture at school.
  • Ensure that your children are wearing appropriate shoes.
  • Lesson the weight in their backpacks by ensuring it's cleaned regularly and that only the necessary books are taken. You could get your child a locker at school and guide them on how to divide the weight. Moreover, backpacks should be worn on both shoulders as otherwise; they can develop asymmetric shoulders and will slouch over time.
  • Take up regular exercises as a family that concentrate on realigning the back. Flexible muscles reduce the risks of muscle spasms.

This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options

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This article was published on 2011/01/12