April 30, 2012

Tallahassee Chiropractor Helps Correct Bad Posture Problems In Children

Posted in Articles tagged , , , at 2:34 am by dennisfiorini

Posture refers to the body being able to control its position both when still and moving. The posture of a child is something that parents should be keen on. Children grow fast in the first four years and if they form wrong posture reflexes, they will grow up with postural problems. A Tallahassee chiropractor helps parents and children understand this and corrects postural problems.

Chiropractic focuses on the nervous and musculoskeletal system. It therefore has an in-depth understanding of how important the spine is and how bad posture can affect it and cause several difficulties and conditions.

Posture is affected right from infancy when a child is being put in a car seat, buggy and being carried in a sling or other kind of baby carrier. Sometimes babies are placed in an improper position or they are left in the same position for too long.

Studies have shown that up to 10 percent of 9 to 10 year olds experience lower back pain and the cause is mainly poor posture. It has also been found that making children conscious about their posture as early as possible reduces such cases.

Studies have also shown that low back pain often begins in childhood, with 10 percent of 9-10 year olds suffering from it, with poor posture being one of the main causes. Poor posture can also be caused by disorders of the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, ear and eye problems, and musculoskeletal system problems.

Chiropractors check posture with a routine test called straighten up. It consists of daily exercises for strengthening core muscles and stretching out tight ones. They may also use hands-on manipulation of the spine using what are called chiropractic adjustments. This gets the body used to keeping balance. The Tallahassee chiropractor will also administer postural reconditioning exercises to reduce spinal loading. Activities like cycling, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, and horse riding also encourage good posture.

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