There are quite a few things that chiropractors won’t let their children do but here are the 6 they really don’t want their children or any child doing because it can be detrimental to their physical health.
1. “POPPING” THEIR NECK/BACK
If a child starts doing “popping” their own back on a regular basis, damage might be done to their spines, and they will find themselves needing to “pop” their backs more often for relief.
Ultimately this could lead to a hypermobility problem. Hypermobility is the result of popping the spine too often for too long a time period. It occurs when the ligaments and muscles around the spine are stretched repeatedly.
The muscles and ligaments of the back are like a rubber band. When you repeatedly stretch this, it will eventually lose its elasticity and will prevent the back from returning to its normal position.
2. SITTING WITH THEIR LEGS OFF TO THE SIDE AND HIP DIAGONAL:
After sitting like this on a regular basis, your hipbones become trained to be in that position.
Everything is connected so this could be a domino effect as other spinal bones can become misaligned as well.
3. SLEEP ON STOMACH:
If you sleep on your stomach you have to turn your head to the side for long periods of time and it’s really not good for your neck.
Imagine forcing your neck to the side for 10 minutes I am willing to bet that after that 10 minutes is up you will have a stiff neck.
4. TEXT NECK:
When you let your kids hang their head over their devices for long periods of time they develop what is called “Text Neck”.
It’s like hanging a 12 pound bowling ball from your neck, which pulls and applies pressure to your spine. Every millimeter that your head is forward adds pressure to your neck and spine.
5. LIE DOWN WITH HEAD PROPPED UP ON SIDE OF THE COUCH:
Chiropractors strongly advice your children not to lie like this because their neck is bent in a postilion that it was not designed to be for long period of time i.e. watching a movie or falling asleep on the sofa
6. WEARING BACK PACK WITH ONLY ONE STRAP ON THAT IS WAY TOO HEAVY:
If a child wears their backpack with only one strap they force their bodies into an unnatural position which can lead to problems with their backs in the future.
This same thing applies to carrying a backpack that is too heavy for them. A heavy backpack will make your child stand in awkward positions as the weight of he backpack pulls your child back, forcing them to lean forward to stabilize themselves.
Hopefully these 6 tips will help your child’s spine stay healthy and pain-free for a long time. Children also benefit from regular chiropractic. Not because anything is wrong, but to keep their spine’s and bodies healthy.