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Can bad posture affect how you grow as a child?

Can bad posture affect how you grow as a child?

In short - yes: While very young child posture may be a mere reflection of any present musculoskeletal problems, the pre-teens and teenagers may have certain habits and behaviors that affect their physique. Stooping is common and leads to neck and back problems. Sitting on the floor in "reverse indian style" may lead to excessive lack of mobility of the hip joints. High heels lead to changed lordotic curvature. ...Read more

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Abnormal Posture (Definition)

Abnormal posture is a symptom in which a person's sitting or standing position is unusual, such as slouched forward, bent to one ...Read more


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My child has a bump on lower neck/back like someone with years of bad posture but she is only 7 and has jra. Is this normal?

My child has a bump on lower neck/back like someone with years of bad posture but she is only 7 and has jra. Is this normal?

May or may not be OK: I need more info. Is it vey hard like a bone? A back bone joint deformity causing a bump in jra is rare, but if it feels like a bone, it should be checked out. Does it move? Then it may be a lymph node. It may be a normal variant of a spinous process that comes out from the backbone v ertebra. If it is causing pain, or makes him uncomfortable to move, he needs to be examined by his doctor. ...Read more

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Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Eyestrain : Is from possible need for glasses and should not be related to bad posture type of muscle tension. See your eye doctor for an exam to start. ...Read more

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I'm going to start Pilates because I have really bad posture. Will that help me grow more?

I'm going to start Pilates because I have really bad posture. Will that help me grow more?

May appear taller: If growth plates fused, no. , stretching, exercising, supplements nor dietary modifications will cause you to grow taller. Your tanner staging (puberty), bone age, general health, hormones, parent height are factors that determine your adult height. Pilates improves your posture, and i've seen improved posture increase height by 1-3". Stand tall! ...Read more

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Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Yes: In severe cases mostly from displacement of the heart. Most of the cases minimal reduction in lung capacity. ...Read more

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Posture is the position of your body, or ...Read more


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