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Posture and physiology are inter-related.  This dates so far back in time, even Hippocrates was working with mud on people’s spines to see where it dried faster, to help him determine the area causing issues.

Technology, when used appropriately is greatly advantageous.  However, our next generation is learning to look down far to often and at a far too young age.  It is imperative to help improve their posture so they can feel stronger and think better.


Here are three key recommendations to help improve your child’s posture:

  1. Encourage regular physical activity: Regular physical activity is critical for developing and maintaining good posture.  Encourage your child to participate in activities they enjoy, that promote strength, flexibility and overall body awareness.  Such examples as swimming, yoga, Pilates, dance, running or simply playing outdoors.  All of these can help strengthen the muscles that support proper posture.
  2. Promote proper ergonomic practices: Ensure that your child’s environment is ergonomically designed to help support good posture. This is especially important for their study or work area. Make sure their desk and chair are appropriately sized and adjustable. This will allow them to maintain a neutral position with their feet flat on the floor and their back well supported.  Additionally, encourage them to take breaks and get up and move around.  This will help avoid prolonged sitting that can lead to slouching.
  3. Teach proper posture habits and reinforce it: Education is key in this area. If a child understands why, it is important to maintain good posture, you have planted that seed in their brain.  Teach them how to maintain good posture throughout various activities and remind them to sit up straight with their shoulders relaxed and back aligned against the chair.  With electronic devices, encourage holding it at eye-level to avoid hunching over.  Additionally, emphasize the importance of proper posture while standing, walking, and especially lifting objects.


Consistency is key.  The more your child practices these habits regularly, it will become second nature. If you have concerns about your child’s posture or if your child is experiencing persistent pain or discomfort, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional for further evaluation.