Technology and social media have become the way of the world. Kids as young as 18 months (sometimes younger) can be seen scrolling through photos, playing a game or watching a video on their parents’ iPhones and iPads. What this can do to their posture is devastating! I am seeing too many children with neck and back pain purely from extended periods of poor posture. As a mum of 2 boys under 3.5 I totally understand how easy it is to give them a phone or iPad to watch their favourite Thomas the Tank Engine show to keep them entertained…especially if it means my husband and I can enjoy a peaceful meal and cuppa with friends at a cafe. So, what can you do to ensure your kids are not causing poor posture and pain in the future whilst still watching their favourite shows… Mum tips:

  1. Let your child watch their favourite show so you can enjoy 10 minutes of adult conversation without interruptions
  2. Try and go to restaurants and cafe’s that have some outdoor space for the kids to run around and play so you can have your cuppa whilst watching them be kids
Physio tips:
  1. If your child is watching the iPhone / iPad, ensure they are watching in the correct posture! – Kids might not feel pain whilst sitting in a poor posture but months and years of this will only lead to problems. So let’s be proactive and prevent any issues
  • Make sure their eyes are looking straight or slightly up i.e not down at the screen
  • Try encourage them to sit against the back of the chair and not lean forward (this can cause slouching when they become tired)
  • Have a holder for the device so it can rest of the table and your child doesn’t have to hold it
  • Encourage them to stop every few minutes and look around, stand up and move
BUT most importantly…Enjoy your hot cuppa 🙂 Written by Shana-Lee Abkin, Physiotherapist at UprightCare

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Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.