1. Vary where you sit in the classroom
Continuing to crane the head or neck in the same direction can cause discomfort. Aim to change seats for different lessons. Sitting sometimes on the left and others the right.
2. Chair height
Check your chair height is suitable for your desk to promote good posture. Click here to learn more about good desk posture. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your elbows in an open position with your wrists and hands straight and supported by the desk
3. Move Around
It is just as important to take breaks from sedentary activities as it is to maintain good posture. Encourage your child to move around in their breaks between lessons, rather than moving from one seated position to another. Joining an active club or team that they enjoy during lunch breaks and/or after school.
4. Writing Posture
When working at a desk we have the tendency to slump forwards with the upper back and crane the neck. This poor posture overuses muscles and increases the load on the cervical spine.
5. Walk or Cycle
If it’s safe to do so encourage your child to walk or cycle to school. The benefits of moving more are widely known and a short walk to school, as opposed to sitting in a car or on a bus, is a healthy way to start the day.
6. Weight load of bags
Be aware of how much your child is carrying daily. Encourage them to only carry what is needed for the day, and to make use of their locker to lighten their load between lessons. It’s worth spending money on a good quality rucksack with two straps that will distribute the weight evenly across the back. Read more about bag carrying here.