Celebrities are not helping your teenager’s bad posture
Let’s not make bad posture the latest trend.
Posture is often a forgotten aspect of our health and I can’t stress enough how important it really is.
People with neck pain often have breathing problems; impacting your daily life and functional ability.
The problem doesn’t end here because the way that you breath has an important influence on posture and spinal stabilisation.
But bad posture also affects other health aspects.
For example; a 2007 study conducted in the Psychology Dept. of the University of Auckland New Zealand looked at the effects of upright posture compared to slouched posture in young healthy peoples resilience to cope with a stressful reading task.
The study results clearly showed that when these people were in a good upright posture they could cope with the stressful task much better than if they were held in a slouched position during the same task.
In addition to this, the scientists found that a good upright posture also resulted in participants displaying a feeling of:
· Higher self esteem
· Better mood
· Lower fear
· Better able to deal with stress
Yes, it’s true, good upright posture is not only good for healthy breathing, it also makes you more self confident, feel better mood wise, reduce your feelings of fear and help you be more resilient when dealing with a stressful situation.
Many of today’s celebrities and models are slouchers. Not only does standing up straight make you look more confident, it helps avoid future neck and spine problems.
But this doesn’t seem to deter these A-List celebrities.
Victoria Beckham, Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, Justin Bieber and Keira Knightley notoriously have poor posture.
Forward head posture is particularly bad. You want your head resting nicely and directly on top of your spine.
A normal sized head weighs about 3kilos (6.5lbs). This is about as heavy as a bowling ball.Your spine is designed to hold that up without any problem, but if your head is hanging forward then there is a 3 kilo weight hanging off your muscles, ligaments and connective tissues at the back of your neck.
This is not a good thing for our spine and increases the burden, strain and the stress that your spine has to cope with.
What is quite concerning is the number of people who are showing up with forward head posture is increasing dramatically.
It is becoming so common that it’s been given a name ‘text neck’ because we’re seeing more young people developing neck pain due to the increased use of devices such as smart phones or tablets.
Studies are showing that deveoping neck pain is not something that should be considered ‘growing pains’. It’s not likely to go away by itself.
We know that kids who develop spinal dysfunction to the point of them having spinal pain in teenage years – go on to become adults with spinal pain problems.
Teenagers with spinal dysfunction to the degree of having pain in multiple regions become adults with spinal pain problems in multiple regions and so on.
So the best thing for your children’s sake is to nip it in the bud and fix the problem early so that it doesn’t go on to be a life long problem for them.
The health and function of your child’s spine can significantly impact their future quality of life.