Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
He is also a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist and a Certified Posture Expert (CPE) with the American Posture Institute.
Life Chiropractic is a family chiropractic and postural correction facility.
Today we learn how to do a basic at-home posture screen for your children.
This posture screen will work best on kids 6 years of age or older. Posture screens can be done on younger kids, but must be done by a CPE. This screening technique is to identify posture distortions only which would need further investigation by a CPE.
Have you child stand comfortably in bare feet (shoulder width apart) and they should be wearing an under-shirt (or a bare back) and shorts. This way you can get a real good look at what is going on.
First, you want to observe them from behind. Their head should be aligned perfectly on top of their neck. It should not be turned or tilted to one side or the other.
Next, place your hands on top of their shoulders. Your hands should be level. One hand should not be higher or lower than the other.
Now slide your hands down to their waist-line and find the top of their hip bones. Place your hands here and again they should be level. One hand should not be higher or lower than the other. Now you want to look at their Achilles tendon. This is the tendon about the size of a pencil that runs from the bottom of their calf and attaches into their heel bone. This tendon should be straight up and down and should not be bent to the inside or outside. You may see this on one foot or both feet.
Now, turn them 90 degrees and observe their posture from the side. It does not matter which. These 2 posture checks are very important. The middle point of their ear ( the opening) should be aligned perfectly over the centre point of their shoulder muscle. The ear should not be aligned in front of the shoulders.
And finally, look at their shoulder blades. The shoulder blades should lie flat against their rib-cage and should not be pointy or winging out.
If you have identified even one ‘should not’, your child needs to have a thorough postural examination by a CPE and this is where I can help you. All you have to do is call me and schedule and appointment for your free initial consultation which includes a posture check.
Remember that we also offer family appointments where we can check all of your children at the same time.
Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me by clicking directly on the link on our home page.
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