Posture refers to the position by which the body is held upright against gravity while standing or sitting. Studies have shown, children suffer from various frequent discomforts due to daily backpack carrying to and from school and postural changes in adolescents have been found to be linked to backpack carrying. Common postural problems in children include Forward Head Posture, Slouching and Uneven Hips. Prolonged bad posture may also lead to more serious conditions such as Scoliosis.
How Does It Occur?
Carrying frequent heavy loads may result in postural changes and/or spinal issues. Other secondary factors include participation in sports, injuries suffered at the playground, long term habits of “slumping” at the computer, sitting poorly on the couch, or poor sleeping postures, etc.
Common symptoms of bad posture such as Forward Head Posture may lead to tension headaches, increased blood pressure, muscle strains, disc herniations, early age arthritis, pinched nerves and instability. Abnormal neck posture has also often been associated with headaches, abnormal functions of the eyes and the ears, as well as other psychological and mental disorders. Slouching will result in Dowager’s Hump (increased kyphosis), “round shoulders”, back pains, muscle fatigue and stiffness in the neck. In extreme cases, loss of sensation, loss of bowel and bladder control may also ensue. Long term uneven hip posture may lead to muscle imbalances and stress on the lumbar spine, sacrum and pelvis.
Chiropractic intervention such as specific spinal adjustments and Functional Wellness techniques like prescribed home exercises has proven effective in alleviating postural problems. Other specialised treatment modalities include manual adjusting and cold laser therapy, etc.