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"Good Posture for Children"

     With your children recently back to school, we feel that it's an ideal opportunity to bring attention to the importance of good posture for your children and the vital role posture plays in their health and development.
     Simply put, good posture insures good balance.
     Proper posture insures an even distribution of the heavy loads the spine must endure.  An even distribution of this weight will minimize the strain exerted upon the supportive structures of the spine.
     Poor posture in children can develop in many ways.  Imitating parents whose posture is not up to par and laziness are but two reasons.  A third is based upon the misconception that training a child to stand with his or her chest out and stomach in is the only method to develop good posture.
     Good posture is the combination of this plus the correct positioning of the lower back and pelvis in addition to proper positioning of the head and neck.
Teenage boys who feel self-conscious when they suddenly grow to new heights tend to slouch in order to appear less conspicuous.  Young girls whose breasts are starting to form sometimes tend to hunch their shoulders and round their backs in an attempt to hide embarrassment over their emerging womanhood.  

Dr. Tim Bannon
Bannon Clinic of Chiropractic

Palmer College of Chiropractic West, San Jose, CA
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree - Magna Cum Laude

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
BS Degree - Biochemistry

Extensive experience with management of personal injury and worker's compensation cases.




     The results of poor posture in childhood and adolescence can be found in the adults who visit our office for relief from spine-related problems.
     There is no good substitute for good posture and the habits of proper posture start at an early age.  
     When considering all the pain, stress, fatigue and tension that emanates from poor posture, we must emphasize to all parents that the amount of effort you invest in insuring that your child stands straight and tall is important as any investment you will make in your child's healthy future.
     Please feel free to discuss this or any other health-related concerns you may have with me.

Dr. Tim Bannon
Bannon Clinic of Chiropractic
406 S. Chester Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 864-7774

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