How poor structure causes nerve injuries and what can be done to reduce irritation

Posture is not a sexy topic, and yet when we look around every day, we see abnormal structure. Poor structure causes our nerves and nervous system to be injured, and not regulate our bodies properly. Depending on what nerves are injured, there can be pain, stiffness, poor concentration, easy fatigue, sleeping problems, etc. Here are some easily recognized indicators of structural shifts in our bodies.

  1. Does your child have a head tilt when you look at them straight on?
  2. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
  3. Do they favor standing and sitting to one side?

Now let me ask you a question, do you think you were this bad as a kid?

While the causes are numerous, we need to look at the big aggravators. Cell phones, computers/iPads, and activities replaced by sitting. Schools are one of the worst offenders. Kids these days are forced to sit in hard chairs, bend over iPads, and NOT MOVE. Does this sound like a winning strategy?

Many progressive schools encourage frequent breaks, kids to stand up and stretch during class, and have ergonomic desks. It starts with you as the parent. Contact your teacher and see if these things are currently there, or if they can be added. A small change now can make a gigantic change in the future.

Here are 4 top tips to change your kid’s environment.

  1. Add an ergonomic table. Wherever you sit for an extended period of time, make sure the environment is conducive to proper body mechanics.
  2. Lighten that backpack! How much should a backpack or purse weight? Less than 10-15% of the carrier’s body weight… so how much does your kid weigh?
  3. Put down the Ipad! Phones and tablets have become part of our normal lives-but remember, our necks and backs are NOT DESIGNED to use these for a long every day.
  4. Get them moving and get them outside! Living indoors restricts our innate ability to move. Without motion, expression of life stalls and our health suffers. Think about our evolution as hunters and gatherers. We are now sitters and typers.
  5. Modify, change, adapt. The only way to get ahead in life is to move forward. Make a change today.

Article contributed by Dr. Jason Rutkauskas, a Chiropractor from Chiropractic First Group. Dr. Jason can be found at Forum Office Towers #05-02.