Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre which is a family chiropractic facility.
He is also a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist and an API Certified Posture Expert.
Today we review a couple of things about your children and their posture in school as it is the beginning of another school year.
The first thing you want to do is teach them or remind them how to sit properly. Remember all the things we talked about regarding ‘sitting’ and how sitting is now considered the new smoking.
To sit properly means the head is pulled back over the shoulders, the shoulders are pulled back over the hips and both feet are flat on the floor.
This will ensure the spine maintains its proper S-curve instead of collapsing into the deadly C-curve where the head is held out if front of the shoulders, the shoulders are rounding forwards and the upper back is humping.
Also, the weight of their backpack should not exceed 10% of their body weight.
For example, if your child weighs 120 pounds then their backpack should not weigh more than 12 pounds. And the heaviest items should be placed in first so they lie closest to the spine. The backpack should also be centered over both shoulders and not hanging to the side off of one shoulder. Hanging off of one shoulder will put a stress on the spine that could cause a spinal curve or scoliosis.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me. Remember that consultations and posture checks are always free of charge and family appointments are also available.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me by clicking directly on the link on our home page.
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