Does Your Kid Sit With Crappy Posture?




Hey, guys. Welcome. I want to introduce Alayna. This is our new front desk girl. She’s gonna be my guinea pig for a little example we’re gonna use today. I have not told her what we’re gonna do. I just kind of made sure she fits in the screen for what we are gonna do. So she kind of has a little idea, but she doesn’t really know.

But basically it’s the last week of school, so I know everyone’s out. And the graduations were yesterday and today and whatnot, and so everyone’s been pretty busy running around, and so what that means for us here at Core Therapy & Pilates is, we get a lot of kids. So a lot of our normal clients send their children, that are in sports in the summertime, so they actually have a little time in between camps and whatnot. So last week I got three or four new kids in. And I want to kind of go through a little bit of some of that. And the question that I get from these parents are, is my kid’s pain related to their posture? Because they see their kids sitting around all day, slouched over, looking at their screen, any time that they’re not at school. And most of the time at school, they’re doing the same thing.

So with that said, I got one kid in this week with neck pain. And then I had another kid in with shoulder pain. And this little test we’re gonna do kind of shows that posture might be related with both. So what I want Alayna to do is… she’ sitting up in a pretty nice posture there. I want you to, in that position, raise your arm as high as you can. All right. Now let’s do the right arm, is that as high as you can go? All right. Now just relax that down.

Now from there, I want you to go ahead and slouch down completely. And now look down as you do that. Yep. And now raise that right arm from there, as high as you can. Is that as high as it will go? So by changing her posture and creating the slouch, her shoulder range of motion is significantly less. So go ahead and lower your arm. And now sit up tall. And bring that arm up overhead again. So the kid with shoulder pain, once we did this little assessment, guess what? The shoulder pain went away as soon as he sat up tall. When he did that. Second, because his first was the slouch.

The next kid came in with neck pain. So in this position, I’m gonna take you through what I did with him. So go ahead and slouch first. Now, this a big lineman, offensive lineman for the local high school here. And he’s having pain with the contact he makes as a lineman. But now, neck pain in this position… look up for me. As far as you can. And look at that face. So you can tell, she doesn’t like that either. Now relax from there. And then sit up tall. And now look up. What’s the difference?

“Not crunching” says Alayna

Not crunching? So it may be hard for you to tell and see, but for me, it’s obvious that she moves a lot further when she’s not slouched forward. So the moral of the story is that posture plays a huge role in pain. There’s a lot of new stuff that’s coming out that’s trying to say that it doesn’t. A lot of the new science says posture has nothing to do with it. Well, from my experience, from 19 years of doing this work, when we change people’s posture, we change people’s pain. We change the way people are able to go about their day, go about their sports, or whatnot.

So that’s all I’ve got for you today. If your kid looks like that, bring them in. This is the time to get them in. And then we can take a look at them and get them going on a little program so we can get them looking like that. All right. That’s it. Take care. Have a great weekend. Have a happy holiday. And see you soon. Uh oh. What did Cheryl say? I can’t get it to play. Oh. I’m sorry, Cheryl. All right. You all have a great day.

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