Southland Snapshot: Back to School Edition!
Back to School Edition:
Now that summer has officially come to a close and the new school year is upon us, some of our therapists and staff offered to share some tips and information to help you and your children stay on task with their therapy goals. Our therapists are always available to you for any questions regarding your child’s success- even as the school year continues. Don’t be shy to ask!
ELECTRONIC USAGE AFFECTS POSTURE
“Teens and tweens who bury their heads and hands in their iPads, Laptops, Chrome Books and/or cellphones for several hours a day can inadvertently change their posture. It’s been dubbed “Text Neck” (neck slumped forward, shoulders rounded and tight chest muscles).
Kids can return to school and keep posture top of mind with a few stretches.
- Shoulder Blade Squeeze:
Pinch your shoulder blades back behind you,
working to touch your elbows. Once back as
far as you can go, hold this position for 5
seconds before relaxing. Repeat this 20 to 30
- Neck Stretch:
Sit up nice and tall with your head held high.
Pull chin toward your chest, creating a double
chin, and hold this position for 5 seconds.
Repeat this 20 to 30 times.
- Chest Stretch:
Stand in the middle of a doorway and hold both
ends of the door frame. Lean forward until you
feel a stretch. Hold this position for 5 seconds
and repeat 20 to 30 times.”
Article adapted from http://www.athletico.com/community/backtoschool/