Poor posture in children has become an epidemic. While you may be familiar with the causes of poor posture – heavy backpacks and slouching over an iPhone or video game to name a few – the long term effects of poor posture can be devastating. If gone unchecked and untreated, poor posture that starts in childhood can grow into a lifetime of aches and pains.
Here are 3 reasons to check your child’s posture early:
1. Spinal Curvature – as the body succumbs to improper posture, the natural “S” curve of the spine begins to change shape. These vertebral misalignment are called subluxations (1) and can cause blood vessel constriction (which cuts off nutrient and oxygen supply to muscles) and nerve restrictions.
2. Neck & Back Strain – a spine out of alignment puts extra stress and strain (2) on the muscles supporting it. Over time, this leads to neck and back strain and – as the body begins to overcompensate – can cause a trickle down effect throughout the body.
3. Organ Function – our skeletal frame houses our internal organs. When the frame begins to take an unhealthy shape, studies show (3) that this physical stress can damage our organs.
A certified pediatric chiropractor will know what to look for when examining your child’s spine; early, corrective care can lower the risk that your child may suffer from the long term ailments and conditions caused by poor posture.
Dr. Hensley is trained in Diversified, Thompson, Activator, and Flexion/Distraction techniques. She is a recognized member of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA) and is certified in the Webster Technique, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that has been proven highly effective in removing constraint to the uterus and allows the baby to assume the best possible position for a less traumatic birth. Dr. Hensley is also NAET (allergy elimination technique) certified.