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Friday, March 02, 2018



Obvious Signs that Your Child Needs Chiropractic

  • Neck or back pain that makes it difficult to sleep or interferes with their normal routine
  • Slouched posture and trouble standing or sitting up straight 
  • Obvious signs of posture problems such as a curved spine when standing, or uneven shoulder height (ref 1)
  • Walking with a limp 

How Chiropractic can help 

Although you can consciously choose to change your posture, our posture is largely controlled by neurological reflexes.Visual and auditory input along with the sensors in muscles and joints send information to the brain to keep us upright. (7) When our joints and muscles aren’t moving properly this interferes with the function of the nervous system. Getting adjusted helps keep your muscles and joints doing their jobs and helps those automatic postural reflexes work at their best.

With the use of smart phones and tablet computers on the rise we are seeing an increase in musculoskeletal problems, especially neck pain, in young children.

A 2008 Study showed that children had worse posture (more flexed and asymmetrical trunk and more flexed and elevated shoulders) when using a tablet compared with a traditional desktop computer. Considering that recent research suggests teenagers are using tablets for an average of 4 hours a day all that postural strain really adds up! (5) 

A 2002 Study showed a relationship between forward head posture and back pack weight and recent spinal pain and back pack weight, it is likely that the heavier your child’s back pack is the more strain it will put on their neck and shoulders so the lighter the better. How your child carries their backpack can also have a significant effect, carrying the backpack to high seemed to have the biggest effect on their posture and the authors of the study recommended positioning the the centre of the backpack at waist height (Grimmer et.al) 

References and Recommended Reading

  1. 2010 The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Victoria, Australia. Orthopaedic fact sheet, Good posture and spine care in children, https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/rheumatology/Good_posture_and_spine_care_in_children.pdf

2. Relationship Between Craniomandibular Disorders and Poor Posture

Peter Nicolakis, Michael Nicolakis, Eva Piehslinger, Gerold Ebenbichler, Markus Vachuda, Chris Kirtley & Veronika Fialka-Moser

CRANIO® Vol. 18 , Iss. 2,2000

3. https://www.racgp.org.au/afpbackissues/2007/200706/200706sweeting.pdf

4. Grimmer Et.AL, 2002, Adolescent standing postural response to backpack loads: a randomised controlled experimental study, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-3-10

5. Straker, Leon & Coleman, Jemma & Skoss, Rachel & A Maslen, B & Burgess-Limerick, Robin & Pollock, Clare. (2008). A comparison of posture and muscle activity during tablet computer, desktop computer and paper use by young children. Ergonomics. 51. 540-55. 10.1080/00140130701711000. 

6. https://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v31/n2/full/0803430a.html

7. https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1746-1340-13-16