Brett Money is an Australian physiotherapist with 9 years of experience in the field of musculoskeletal injuries and operations.
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“My son is growing so fast and is very tall, but I’m worried about his posture. He’s always playing with his gadgets and he always seems to be slouching. Should I be worried?”

The Spine: a quick Anatomy lesson

The spine consists of bones called vertebrae, which make the framework supporting the entire body. The spine has two natural curves. In the lower back region there is a hollow curve termed Lordosis and in the upper back / neck region there is the rounded curve termed Kyphosis. If curves are excessive they get the term hyper; Hyper-Kyphosis (round back) and Hyper-Lordosis (sway back). There’s also Scoliosis which is a lateral curve of the

Kids Today ‘Sit’ too much
When you sit in fixed positions for prolonged periods of time your body will adapt. Supportive muscles at the back get weak, healthy muscles in the front of your body get tight, the joints in your lower back and neck get stiff. So I’m saying “Yes, sitting with gadgets is related to bad posture.”

When do kids sit?
I look at kids today and see them all glued to PlayStation, xBox, PSP, iPhones, iPads, Laptop, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, watching Cable TV. Lets be honest, it’s not just kids, we do it too. We are attached to our gadgets all day. Don’t try to pull your kids away from these gadgets let them use them because we do as well.

So What?
So rather than worrying every time your child is slouching or going into panic when the doctor says your son has Scoliosis just try to modify your child’s daily activities. Support your child to join in sporting activities in or out of school. Tennis, swimming, soccer cycling, or even running around outside is enough.

Physical activities will strengthen important muscles for a developing healthy spine and body. In fact, you urban Mama probably need to detach from your gadgets and get outside too. Why not bond with your kids at the same time you are exercising with them. It’s healthy for the both of you, you will be ‘closer with your kids, and it’s fun.

When to worry
If your child’s posture really is becoming a problem it is a good idea to seek professional advice. Start with your GP and perhaps he will make the right referral and further diagnostic testing may be needed. For now don’t worry, try getting your child outdoors and shift their sitting lifestyle to an active lifestyle.

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  1. eka
    Eka Wulandari Gobel December 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    agree! we probably need to detach from our gadgets and get outside to bond with our kids at the same time we are exercising with them :)
    it feels great to forget about the gadget and have some fun with the kids. TFS Brett!

  2. nyanya
    almaviva landjanun December 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

    couldn’t agree more. Thank you for the reminder, Brett :)

  3. sLesTa
    shinta lestari December 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    yes, totally agree! gadgets are the root of all evil *lebay* haha.. well, we do need gadgets, but we need to limit them from the kids. true that they live in a different world from ours, where playing with gadgets are part of their normal lives growing up, but us as parents need to limit and not encourage them. gadgets should not a pacifier for kids.

    exercising with kids is fun!!

  4. ninit
    ninit yunita December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    love the article… agree with your statement above. we shouldn’t try to pull our kids away from gadgets. parental control is the key.

    we love exercising with kids on weekends. outdoor activity is always fun.

  5. fanny
    Fanny Hartanti December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    great article!
    balance is always the key!

  6. Kira Kara
    Bunda Wiwit December 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    #jlebb! The article really beats me… haha.. I love running arround chasing kids. that’s the way I forgot my gadgets :D

  7. siska.knoch
    Siska Knoch December 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    That’s so true.
    Gadgets are becoming embedded in kids lives, even not all apps are harmful to children, we still need to limit the usage.

    TFS Brett, very well written!

  8. December 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

    yay! fotokuuu! :D

    so, the key is balance, right? gadgets are okay as long as we spend enough time to do some physical activities and sports, right? aina looooves playing with ipad and i honestly can’t live without my iphone… XD

  9. ninit
    ninit yunita December 15, 2012 at 6:39 am

    @thalia – hahaha oh-so-true! i can’t live without my iphone either! :D
    i let my kids play ipad once a week. every saturday only. on sunday we do sports.

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