Is Your Kid Destined to be a Slouch? Absolutely Not! Pediatric Physical Therapy and Posture
By Dr. Monica V. LoConti, PT, DPT
Kids Today spend a majority of their day sitting at school and carrying heavy backpacks. This can lead to various aches and pains. Then, they often go home to sedentary lifestyles and poor posture.
Just as each child is unique, each kid’s cause for postural dysfunction can be different too. Here are a few reasons poor posture occurs in kids:
- They already have poor posture. If kids with poor postural habits have poor alignment reinforced in school, it won’t help them to develop healthy bodies as they grow older.
- They are set up for failure. If children are stuck in bad postures all day long, they may learn bad habits and poor movement patterns that may stick with them through adulthood.
- They have weak core strength. Some of these kids may just be weak, and they can’t even hold themselves in the proper positions for long periods of time throughout the day.
- They are trying to fit in. Imagine you’re 11 and hit puberty before all the rest of your friends. You’re 3 inches taller than everyone else. You may slouch just to blend in with your friends. It could be that simple.
What Are The Signs of Bad Posture?
Some of the signs are simple, such as:
- Forward head and shoulders
- Shrugged shoulders
- Rounded lower back
If your child has a weak core, you may see:
- W- sitting
- Leaning on their desk
- Decreased balance
- Decreased coordination
- Trouble keeping up with friends on the playground
- Aches and pains, especially in the lower back, hips, and knees
A Physical Therapist can help by assessing your child and developing a specialized program for your child’s needs
If you have any questions, Bella Physical Therapy would be happy to help. Contact us today at (201)791-0008!
Bella Physical Therapy is a physical therapist-owned private practice that has been helping people in need of a physical therapy in Bergen County, NJ since 2006. Our state-of-the-art facility is conveniently located in Fair Lawn, NJ. Our office includes an airy, well-lit gym and multiple private treatment rooms, where we offer focused, knowledgeable care in a safe and welcoming environment. Call us at (201)791-0008 if you are in need of physical therapy in Bergen County, NJ or have any questions. We are here to help.