Submitted by Natalie Frei, PT, DPT, physical therapist at Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy
It’s important for children to have good posture while sitting and standing to protect their growing joints and spine and to help them avoid pain in the future from overstressing parts of the body. The beginning of the school year is a good time to remind your children of how to sit in the classroom with good posture.
Good sitting posture is as follows:
- Sit on the chair.
- Bend forward, then wriggle your bottom back as far as possible until your spine meets the back of the chair.
- Sit up.
- You will find that your lower back is slightly arched and the rest of the curves of your spine are well supported.
- Keep electronic devices up at eye level—a portable lap desk on the desk may help.