Form a very young age children are exposed to an environment that requires extended periods of sitting. This encourages a bad posture as well as de-conditioning the spine and supporting musculature of the body which can lead to injury later on. Chiropractic check-ups for kids can identify and correct spinal issues in young children before they become problematic. Click here to view our published article. We recommend that kids participate in regular spine-protecting exercises for just a few minutes each day.
Below are a few exercises that kids can do along with their parents (if they see their parents doing these exercises they are more likely to do them) which will encourage a healthy spine and muscular system. If you are unsure of any of the exercises or feel discomfort, you would be advised to stop and speak to one of our experienced chiropractors.
The Plank Exercise
We should be able to hold this position for 1 - 2 minutes. Start with 10 seconds and build up gradually week by week.
The Quadruped Exercise
With the opposite arm and leg raised, hold the position for about 5 seconds and relax back into the starting position. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg. Repeat this 8 - 10 times.
Squat and Hold Exercise
This is a fantastic exercise and should be done by everyone. It encourages blood flow back from the legs to the heart, promotes lymphatic drainage from the lower limb and exercises the largest muscle groups in the body.