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“Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What Parents Need To Know About Their Child’s Posture

By: Dr. Walter Salubro
Teen BackpackSit up straight.” “Don’t slouch.” These may have been the words of your mom or dad as you were growing up.

Somehow parents innately know that poor posture is not normal and that poor posture is a problem.  But why are parents correct to be so concerned about their child’s posture?

Before discussing why poor posture is a problem, let’s look at what normal standing posture should be …

Normal Posture

Looking at the body from the front view, these body parts should line up in a normal standing position: mid forehead (midpoint between eyes) lines up midpoint of the upper lip, the midpoint of the chin, the midpoint of the sternum (chest bone) and the midpoint of pelvis).

Looking at the body from the side view, these body parts should line up: the ear is in line with the mid shoulder, the mid hip and the ankle.

Also see: “Do A Posture Self Test”

What Causes Poor Posture In Children?

Here are some of the most common reasons for the development of poor posture in children:

  • Heavy backpacks
  • Sitting / doing homework
  • Using laptops / computers
  • Video games
  • Watching TV
  • Using handheld devices (mp3 players, cell phones, tablets, gaming devices).
  • Poor sleeping habits (eg. using big fluffy pillows, stomach sleeping position).
  • Prolonged standing positions
  • Carrying handbags / backpack on one shoulder
  • Injuries / accidents

Why Is Poor Posture A Problem?

Poor posture is a problem because can impact the spine and put strain on muscles, bones, discs and nerves.  An optimal spine free of strain and stress is essential to optimal health. Why? Because the spine is responsible for protecting the spinal cord.

The spinal cord is the connection between your brain and the rest of your body parts and organ systems. A shift in posture can cause a shift in the spine, known as a spinal misalignment. A shift in the spine puts pressure on the nervous system (spinal cord and spinal nerves), which could lead to muscle tension, pain, limited mobility and damage to organ systems.  It is essential that the spinal cord and nerves are free of interference. An optimal spine means optimal health.

If you are concerned about how your child’s posture looks, then consider bringing your child to a chiropractor for a postural and spinal check up.  Chiropractors are experts in posture and spinal correction.

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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques, Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro
is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

Backpack Safety For School Children: What Parents Need To Know

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Backpack Safety Tips From Back To Health Chiropractic Centre In Maple, Vaughan.

Maple, ON – Yes, it’s back-to-school time, which makes for a perfect time to talk about backpack safety for kids. Years back when I was in grade school, I don’t recall carrying many books home and certainly never had on overloaded backpack. Today, it seems that backpacks are stuffed with huge binders, textbooks and many other bulky items such as shoes, lunches, pencil cases and electronic devices.

By the time you finish reading this article, you will know what is the impact of your child’s health due to heavy, overloaded backpacks.  You will also be given some key tips to making backpack use more safe for your child so strain and prolonged injury can be prevented.  First, let me put backpack weight in perspective when it comes to carrying backpacks. 

 One day, a child with a backpack came into the chiropractic office. The child weighed about 60 pounds and was carrying a backpack that weighed about 20 pounds.  When the father was told by the chiropractor that his son’s backpack was way too heavy for his child, the father responded, “But it’s only 20 pounds.” 

Now, the father was a 180 pound man, so 20 pounds seemed relatively light to him.  When the father was told, “That 20 pounds for your son  is one third (33%) of his body weight. That would be like you carrying a 60 pound backpack on your back. How would you like to carry 60 pounds on your back?” The father’s answer was obvious, “No way!”.

Backpack Safety Awareness Week At Back To Health Chiropractic Centre September 10-14, 2012

Sometimes we lose perspective on a situation and seems like it’s not big deal.  But when you begin to see the big picture, you will see that it is a big deal.  Heavy backpacks for children can be detrimental, can cause postural distortions and even onset of symptoms.

One study showed that when backpacks weigh 15% or more of the the child’s body weight, it will cause compensating postural changes, such as shifting the head forward.  Even more, at 15% and 20% of the child’s body weight, a backpack will begin to cause discomfort after walking, primarily in the neck region.1

Over time, the continued use of heavy, overloaded backpacks can cause serious postural problems in children even before they get into highschool and college, when the backpacks become even more heavy.

10 Tips To Make Backpack Use In Children Safer

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The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check-Up

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Maple (Vaughan), Ontario – It is common for people to seek treatment from chiropractors for low back pain, neck pain, headaches or even injuries from work and car accidents.  These are conditions that are mostly seen in adults.   Since a child will not typically complain of low back pain, neck pain or headaches, the parents may never see a reason to get their child checked by a chiropractor for a well exam or a spinal / posture check-up.   However, regardless of any pain or symptom, a child may have spinal misalignments or posture displacements that could be putting strain on their nervous system.  Since the nervous system controls and co-ordinates every function of the body, it’s imperative that the nervous system remains as stress-free as possible for optimal health, optimal growth and optimal body function.

Consider this … spinal misalignments can occur at any time throughout the child’s growth, development and life.

Here are the 10 top reasons for your child to have a chiropractic check-up:

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Chiropractic Advice For Backpack Safety

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Our chiropractic clinic was at a local retail business  in Vaughan Sunday offering backpack safety tips for students and parents.   The one common thing I notice with most of the children and teens that we see at our clinic is they carry a backpack that is way too heavy for their growing spines.  I remember when I was going through school, the first time I used a backpack was in grade 9.  Today, even the grade school children are sent home with backpacks filled bulky binders and heavy textbooks.

Not only is weight a concern, but how the backpacks are worn concerns me.  Especially, with the high school students. Their backpacks are overloaded, usually carried by one strap over one shoulder, and if both straps are used, they are so loose that the backpack is practically hanging down by their lower back or waist area.  This puts extra weight on the spine that can lead to pain or serious back or health problems.

According to a study published in the journal Spine, increasing the weight of backpacks can:  1. Significantly compress the discs of the low back, 2. Increase spinal curvature, and 3. Significantly increase low back pain in children.*1

In the month of September, when kids get back to school, our clinic is holding a Backpack Safety Awareness Week (September 7-16) for our practice members.  The focus is to teach children, teens and parents the proper ways to choose, carry and load backpacks so they reduce unnecessary loads and stress on the back and prevent strain, pain or serious health problems.

Next time you visit your family chiropractor, ask him or her about backpack safety for your children.

Back To Health Chiropractic Centre is a children-friendly wellness clinic. Located in Vaughan, in the hamlet of Maple, we serve families with children and infants of all ages.

Here are some tips that our chiropractic clinic will be sharing during Backpack Safety Awareness Week  …

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