Checking your child’s posture as they grow up is an important task many folks don’t think about. Spinal misalignment can actually start at birth, and knowing what to look for can help you catch things earlier rather than later. Misalignment can also stem from normal childhood activities such as learning how to walk or falling off a bike.The more you keep an eye on your child’s posture and spot any issues, the higher the chance they will avoid back problems as an adult.
Why to Check Your Child’s Posture
In addition to proper spinal health, keeping an eye on your child’s posture can help with their overall development and ensure they grow into a healthy adult. Spinal development plays a large role in overall body development. When the spine loses its natural “S” shape, it can restrict nerves, causing pain and preventing blood vessels from providing oxygen to growing muscles.
Good posture also promotes proper organ function. While adults can benefit in this way from maintaining good posture, it’s especially important for growing bodies. Sitting or standing up straight allows our lungs to breathe easier, making sure we get enough oxygen. Furthermore, good posture lets the stomach digest more efficiently and allows our skeleton to support other organs the way they’re meant to.
How to Check Your Child’s Posture
No one knows your child’s body better than you, and if you know what to look for, you can identify any potential issues. Have your child stand straight up with their head looking front.
Stand or kneel behind your child. You want to look at the ears, shoulders and hips. Examine each of these areas carefully.
Start with the ears. Are they aligned and straight? If one looks higher than the other, it could mean your child is having issues with their upper back or neck. Next, look at the shoulders. Is your child able to hold them up, or do they slouch? Is one positioned farther forward than the other? Finally, examine the hips. Just as with the ears and shoulders, they should be level with one another.If your child favors one side, it could point to issues in the lower back. A good time to check this is when he or she is getting dressed. Does one pant leg seem longer than the other?
Learn More About Your Child’s Posture with Choice Chiropractic
Head over to our How-Tos page to watch a quick video on checking your child’s posture and other helpful tips. If you feel your child would benefit from a visit, make sure to contact Choice Chiropractic today.