If we plant a seed of good posture early enough in children and water it throughout their early years by the time they reach adulthood and embark on their professional lives be it working in an office, be an artist, or a gardener they will have cultivated the awareness of good posture and so perhaps avoid suffering.
It breaks my heart to see children as young as two or three hunched over electronic devices; schoolchildren carrying school bags far too heavy and sometimes bigger than themselves. Doing this day after day, year after year on their soft and still developing spine, I wonder in what condition their spines, eyes and their emotional state will be in a few years time. How much pain will they go through, not to mention the financial burden with visits to doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, etc? Some may recover after treatment but others may not as the damage caused may have been too great. What kind of life will they have?
Ironically, if a donkey were seen in our streets carrying a load of weight in no time we would have animal rights activists coming out to protest, and rightly so. BUT who are paying attention to the load that some school children are carrying around?
In this age of technology, it is paramount to introduce posture education in schools and every home too. The damaging effects of poor posture on the body and mind are far too great to be ignored. This is a fact known for many generations and there is a ton of information on the web about this. Growing up with the awareness and understanding of good posture may be the difference between a pain-free, successful and happy adulthood to one of pain and suffering. The truth is, I do not need to have a degree in medicine to see and understand that a lot of children of today are heading to a painful future if we do not start planting seeds of good posture in them.
The following text was sent to me from the British Chiropractic Association when I asked them if they had any studies on poor posture in children:
We certainly know that parents and children are visiting regulated healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors, for treatment and advice related to posture, particularly against the backdrop of the increasing sedentary lifestyles that children are leading.
In 2008, the British Chiropractic Association carried out consumer research that found that 53% of under 15s had already suffered some kind of back pain and 45% of 6-15 year olds spent most of their half term time playing computer games or watching TV.
A very good friend of mine, who I have been helping with her poor posture, asked me once in pain and desperation: ‘Why wasn’t I told about this (the principles of good posture) when I was growing up?‘ Boy! that hit me hard. I don’t know why we are not educating children on such an essential life skill, but I am on a mission to change this.
I call out to all of you to helping me to bring posture education to schools and invite parents to spend more time in bringing awareness of good posture at home so that children don’t turn to you in pain one day and ask ‘why wasn’t I told about this when I was growing up?’ Moreover, let’s not allow the history books to refer back to this generation as ‘the slouching generation’. I don’t have all the answers and I cannot do this alone but together we can tackle this problem, one school, one home, one child at the time.
I am on a mission to raise awareness of good posture and spread the seeds of good postural habits to end pain and avoid pain in the future; to bring posture education to schools and homes so that children grow up with the awareness and understanding of good posture, maintain a healthy spine and avoid suffering, ultimately to be of value and service to you and the world through my work of posture awareness.
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