May is Correct Posture Month

May 08, 2014

One of the most common functional limitations that occur in children is poor posture. We often hear advice given to adults especially with the increased use of technology in the recent decades. Many parents, however, are often surprised when it is pointed out in their children. Since May is National Correct Posture Month, here is a list of 5 signs of poor posture and 5 ways to improve it.

5 Signs of Poor Posture

    1. Rounded back and shoulders when sitting or walking
    2. Protrusion of the shoulder bones when back is straight
    3. Complaints of pain from massage
    4. Decreased endurance or upper body strength
    5. Inability to maintain good posture upon request

5 Ways to Improve Posture

    1. Bring awareness to it and give praise when it is good.
    2. Practice wheelbarrow walking and overhead ball exercises.
    3. Participate in sports like swimming and basketball.
    4. Spend time with back relaxing over a ball or with tummy on floor.
    5. Maintain postures practiced in yoga, tai-chi, and ballet.

    It is important to always lead by example and be aware of your own posture as a parent.  As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so consider your own history of back problems.  If your child is demonstrating poor posture, you should consult with your doctor about having a physical or occupational therapist conduct an evaluation and create a treatment plan if deemed necessary.  Have a playful day!

    Amy Baez, MOT, OTR/L

    Amy Baez is a pediatric occupational therapist, award-winning handwriting author, and Founder of Playapy. For more information, visit www.playapy.com or email info@playapy.com.

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