With the children off school over the summer holidays, it was great to meet some of our existing patient’s kids. For many of them it was the first time they’d seen a chiropractor work their magic, and the popping and clicking captivated the majority. However, those children that were ‘old hat’ with what we do played on an iPhone or iPad. You didn’t have to be a chiropractor to notice the childrens posture when they were hunched over the phone playing Angry Birds or watching Peppa Pig! You can’t help but wonder the influence prolonged periods slouching over these devices will do to young malleable spines. We all say that we were much more active as kids compared to the current generation but I needed to have a look at some of the statistics.
A recent study from this year took a sample of 461 parents with children between the ages of 11-16. 40% of these children had suffered from neck or back pain and, worryingly, 15% of parents said their child’s pain was directly resulting from using technology. Parents suggested a staggering 68% of children spent more than four hours on a laptop, tablet or phone. The NHS suggests a child should spend at least an hour a day doing rigorous activity. 48% of parents in this study suggested their children didn’t meet this.
You can only hypothesise about the long-term affect of children leading more sedentary lives. I have seen the affect this has had on hundreds if not thousands of adults, many of which come in when their posture has changed, the shoulders have rounded, the mid back is hunched and the pain has set in.
So what can you do?
Here are some simple rules that should help break the pattern that we’re seeing (this is coming from someone who doesn’t have kids, I know it’s written far easier than it’s implemented!):
- Limit the amount of time spent on any device
- Get them more active
- Lead by example
- Teach them to sit properly (we can help you)
- Seek professional advice if concerned (i.e. a Chiropractor)
We offer free posture health talks every Wednesday evening and free child checks to anyone under the age of 16. So, please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in getting your child checked!
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