Your mother would scold you, "Sit up straight!" Your grandmother learned that good posture was the secret to health and beauty. But is good posture really important to your kids' health?
"Yes," say experts at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard. "Many children are suffering from chronic pain in the hands, neck and shoulders, as well as repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome," says Jeffrey Bergin, D.C., and former dean of clinics at NUHS. "Many of these ailments can be prevented and eliminated with proper attention to posture, correct backpack use and attention to how and how long children sit at computer stations."
A recent article in the medical journal "Spine" reveals an urgent need to increase awareness and reduce risks in the school environment, such as heavy backpacks, desks and chairs that don't fit their users, and the absence of physical activity at recess.
Basic posture care is providing a child with a bed with medium firmness and chairs with good support as well as teaching them not to slouch and feeding them a well-balanced diet. In addition, Dr. Bergin offers parents and teachers the following tips:
A chiropractic physician can help alleviate your child's pain and help prevent injury. A doctor of chiropractic can also offer advice on lifestyle changes to keep your youth fit and healthy. As experts in the health of the spine, chiropractic physicians can diagnose weaknesses that may be developing in your child's spine before they become more serious problems down the road.
Parents wanting more information or wanting to schedule an appointment for their child, who is experiencing chronic poor posture or posture-related pain, can call the NUHS Lombard Whole Health Center at 630-629-9664.