Watch Your Posture
Sitting up straight can do a lot to prevent posture problems or pain in the back and neck, said Amy Howes, a physical therapist for WakeMed, who works in a clinic in the Kerr Family YMCA. She offered these tips for parents and kids.
Find a chair that supports your lower back. Your feet should be on the floor and should be in line with your knees. If your child’s feet do not reach the floor, use a footrest or other booster.
Use a desk. Do not use a computer or laptop sitting on the couch. “That sort of makes you want to slouch and bend over, and that’s not always best,” she said. “Plus, if you’re sitting on a couch, you’re much more likely to not be doing your work and to get distracted.”
Keep your ears in line with your shoulders and your shoulders in line with your hips. In other words – sit up straight!
If you find that you have soreness or pain in your back or neck, try these three simple stretching exercises.
1. Sit up straight, put your arms at your sides and try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds, relax and then repeat.
2. Tilt your ear toward your shoulder to stretch your neck, hold for 5 to 10 seconds, then look straight ahead and then repeat for the other shoulder.
3. Bring your shoulders up toward your ears like you are shrugging, hold for a few seconds and then relax.
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