It may sound like something that teachers made your parents and grandparents fret over in school, but it’s important for you to consider how to improve your child’s posture in school. It isn’t simply about keeping teachers happy. Good posture is integral for your child’s long-term wellbeing. Having the proper posture alleviates back pain, supports proper blood circulation and breathing habits, and prevents injuries stemming from an imbalance in alignment. Most importantly, while children are resilient by nature, the habits they establish now will follow them into adulthood.
Learning how to improve your child’s posture will require you to consider three basic posture killers: electronics, backpacks, and physical inactivity. You won’t be able to know whether your child is practicing good posture while they’re on their electronic devices at school, but you can build good habits from home that will hopefully follow your children throughout their school day.
Handheld electronics, especially when used for texting, can force the neck into a forward inclined angle (a position informally referred to as “text neck”) for extended periods of time. A recent study associated text neck with an increased incidence of disc hernias and misalignments in younger patients.
Have your child place or hold their tablet or phone near eye level during home use, and urge them to take regular stretch breaks. While they likely aren’t using their phones during class, this modification of neck angle will help discourage them from settling into that position while sitting at their desks.
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