With back to school right around the corner, we must get back into a routine and with that comes going back to basics. “Stand up Straight!” You can hear your mom constantly reminding you throughout the day. Fall is a time of year that we revisit our new year’s goals, and paying attention to posture should be one of them.
Starting school and taking classes, whether online or onsite, can take a toll on our sitting posture. This can include a forward head and rounded shoulders, which can lead to pain with everyday use of our neck and arms. This stems from slouched sitting, which also puts pressure on our internal organs/ribs and strain in our lower back. In turn, pain develops and can progressively worsen if the postural changes are not addressed early. Improving your posture when you are young will benefit you not only today but more importantly in the long run.
Carrying a backpack can wreak havoc on our standing posture. Some helpful tips to keep in mind are wearing both (wide padded) straps, evenly distributing the weight in the backpack and ensuring the loaded backpack does not exceed 15% of your (child’s) body weight.
You can effectively counteract the effects of day-to-day activity with a comprehensive home stretching program and/or attending yoga. If you are unsure of what the appropriate exercises are to perform, or what proper posture looks like, come in and visit us to set up a personalized routine for you. In the end, like the expression goes, “Be like a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside 😊 .”
Effie Koustas, MSPT