Incorrect Posture in Children

Incorrect posture is quite common problem among children. According to the check ups among high-school students, there are almost no totally healthy backs. Teachers pay attention to children’s posture and right position at the desk, however, a child cannot sit at the same position during the whole lesson.

Congenital child scoliosis is a disease which develops prenatally, due to unknown reasons. Acquired scoliosis can be provoked by such diseases as poliomyelitis, arthritis, arthrosis, rachitis, various traumas. Percent of children born with scoliosis is small, one for 2 thousands. Everything else that disturbs parents – body asymmetry, stoop – can be individual peculiarity of a person.

It is not totally right, to connect incorrect position at the desk with development of scoliosis. One must understand the difference between incorrect posture and scoliosis. Fast growth of the teenager’s body, hormones, etc. can stimulate the development of scoliosis, and you can do nothing with that.

Such things as incorrect position at the table and incorrect gait have nothing to do with scoliosis as a disease. However, they cause incorrect posture. In addition to outer factors, child’s posture is influenced by body constitution, character and temper of a child. You may have noticed that depressed or sad child hunches up, stoops.

Incorrect posture can and must be prevented and corrected. What are the main reasons of child’s incorrect posture?

  • sedentary life-style
  • wrong body position during sleep
  • systematic overstrain of certain muscle groups
  • improper diet
  • excessive physical loadings

Some kinds of sports, such as tennis, badminton (other asymmetric kinds) can also cause abnormalities of posture.

So the conclusion is obvious: to avoid problems with back and posture, a child must eat well, do some physical activities, sleep properly (it is good to use orthopedic mattress), and properly organize a workplace.

What should parents do if they noticed posture abnormalities in their child?

Consult an orthopedist. No website or article on the Internet would set a diagnosis for you! Only doctor is able to define whether it’s incorrect posture or scoliosis. By the way, in young age doctors can make only approximate diagnosis, but a child will stay under observation. An orthopedist will recommend therapeutic physical training, massage, other necessary and useful procedures, some kinds of sports. Usually children with incorrect posture are recommended to swim and play command sports games.

Incorrect posture can be easily overcome with the help of certain exercises (prescribed by the orthopedist) which should be done regularly. Fulfill these exercises with your child and the problem will disappear with time.

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