24 Oct Innate Chiropractic for Children’s week
Children have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well. Children’s health starts with healthy communities. Where children live, play and go to school, can play a big part in how they grow up.
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in screen usage by all children. Particularly in primary school students, we now see the use of iPad’s as a part of regular classroom activities. This increase in screen time has considerably impacted on posture and spinal alignment in children. Take a mental picture of your child using a screen – how are they positioned? It’s likely that they will be slumped forward in a chair with their neck bent all the way forward. We are seeing presentations as young as 3 and 4 years of age, with adverse postural changes attributable to lack of physical activity and excessive screen time usage. The World Health Organisation recommends no screen time for children younger than 1 year of age, less than one hour for 2-4 year-olds, and no more than 2 hours per day until 12 years old. If your child or teen is complaining of postural-related pain, then a comprehensive check-up at Innate Chiropractic may be worthwhile. Dr Alison Young has completed her 5-year undergraduate Chiropractic Degree in Melbourne (2002), and has completed a further Masters in Chiropractic Paediatrics at the University of Wales in the UK (2011). She has 17 years of experience in working with children and families, and loves the opportunity to check kids, and help them thrive through their development. She conducts a thorough neurological, orthopaedic, postural and chiropractic examination on all ages, and loves to connect brains to bodies to allow the innate ability of children to grow and develop, to be at its very best.