During the school holidays, you probably encourage your children to get out and run around rather than sitting hunched over a computer screen. However, if they just can’t be encouraged to do something sporty, at least you can get them up from time to time to do a few stretches and exercises between all that sitting around.
Your posture is important.
Having and maintaining a good posture is a major step in preventing back pain and, whilst no one is immune from back pain, there are some simple things you can do to promote a better posture and help reduce the risk of back pain.
Straighten Up UK is an exciting programme from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. Chiropractors want to encourage adults and children alike to start using this set of simple, three minute straighten up exercises. They are designed to be done on a daily basis and become part of the daily routine, just like brushing our teeth.
The programme is divided into three simple segments:
Stars: Warm Up
Flying Friends: Posture Care
Core Balance: Finish the Session
During the holidays you prepare your children for the next term by buying them new uniforms – try getting them ready for the new term by showing them how to consider their posture. So many children are complaining of back pain these days so if they are shown a way of dealing with aches and pains, it will help them to concentrate better and be happier, healthier students! The exercises can be adapted to suit individual capabilities and should be done having discussed any issues with a chiropractor.
Easy to learn and do, the sequence of exercises consists of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. The Straighten Up materials have been developed with both adults and children in mind.
Call in to see one of us and bring your child with you – they can be examined for any postural or functional issues and shown how to do the exercises properly – just give us a call – special student prices will apply.