Children spend a large part of their day sitting at school, university and home as they study. Most sit at desks but others sit in bed and on the lounges to work. At times they will sit for many hours at a time. It is common to worry whether they are damaging themselves by the way they are sitting.
The good news is most of them are not experiencing pain despite some seemingly interesting postures they choose. Recent studies have shown there is little evidence linking poor sitting posture to pain. What is more important is the ability to shift and change postures while sitting to prevent overload. Children typically wiggle and move, that is good. Sustained rigid postures in contrast can cause an overload of our muscles and joints.
If you already have back or neck pain, prolonged sitting can worsen your pains. This is where we can help you and your child.
At Burns Bay Physiotherapy we understand pain and movement. We use a systematic whole-body assessment to efficiently find and treat the cause of your pain as well as teach you how to manage yourself for the long term.
Published in “The Village Observer”, September 2018. Written by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.