• Chiropractor discusses posture issues in children and teenagers

    by Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor
    on Feb 25th, 2018


Chiropractor Thought for the Week: Researchers conducted a study to better understand slouching in adolescents.  Researchers had 1,5092 adolescents complete questionnaires about their lifestyle and experience with back pain. Their sitting posture,  body mass index (BMI), and back-muscle endurance were also measured. Researchers discovered that boys were much more likely than girls to slouch. Watching TV, having a higher BMI, and having lower self-efficacy also increased a teen’s likelihood of slouching. Teens who slouched also tended to have lower back-muscle endurance and non-neutral standing position. Some teens noticed their back pain increased while sitting, and those teens often had poorer scores on a child-behavior test. According to the research, these findings suggest that whether or not a child slouches isn’t simply about whether they remember to sit up straight. Encouraging healthy lifestyle habits and a strong self-esteem could also play a big role in helping your teen develop good posture. A chiropractor can evaluate your child’s sitting and standing posture to help them avoid future back pain. The chiropractor  is a specialist in spinal alignment. Muscle imbalances from misaligned vertebra can lead to poor posture. The chiropractor checks and evaluates the spine and its affect on posture.

O’Sullivan PB, Smith AJ, Beales DJ, Straker LM. “Association of Biopsychosocial Factors With Degree of Slump in Sitting Posture and Self-Report of Back Pain in Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study.” Physical Therapy 91.4 (2011): 470-83.

Author Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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