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Tips to Correct Teen Posture

Poor posture in teenage years can cause abnormal bone growth or muscle strain for young adolescents; it can also make teens look less confident. If your advice to improve your teen’s posture is just telling them to “straighten up” their posture, it may be far from beneficial;  a careful approach is the only way for teaching teenagers to practice proper  posture.

Identify Good Posture:

Identify the correct physical position. Teaching correct posture to your teen includes giving them a model to practice.

  • The correct sitting position is to sit with your butt, keeping your back straight on the back of the chair with your shoulders pulled back. Whenever possible, you should keep feet flat on the floor.
  • When standing, you need to tuck in your pelvis slightly with your shoulder pulled back. Your head should be straight forward with your shoulders parallel to your ears.

Computer/Video Game Posture:

  • Teens spending hours and hours on a laptop or playing video games may tend to be hunched over or exhibit curved posture. Parents should not encourage their teens spending hours on such things.
  • Orthopedic specialist Dr. Kristina Fortuna recommends limiting video game, computer or television time to maximum 20-minutes upon one sitting.
  • Teach your teen children to stretch and stand frequently to minimize strain and stress on the back.

Be a Mentor:

  • It is crucial to show correct posture yourself to promote proper posture in your teen.
  • Modeling proper posture demonstrates to your teen the right way to sit and stand.
  • If you find yourself standing and sitting in a wrong posture, mention it to your teen, emphasizing how you can correct it.
  • You can also comment on the posture of others, emphasizing people who practice correct posture.
  • Your teens are more likely to emulate another’s posture if they notice how confident and smart the person appears.

Warning:

  • Poor posture can also cause your teen to experience scoliosis, which is known as an abnormal curvature of the spine.
  • Scoliosis often doesn’t appear until your teen reaches her/his adolescent growth spurt.
  • Early treatment intervention is the only means of early diagnosis to prevent it from becoming more severe.
  • If your teen is having trouble breathing, complaining of back pain or if their spine is visibly curved, chances are that they are experiencing scoliosis.

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