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#1 of 9 Old 08-23-2008, 07:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, not sure this is the correct forum... But, my niece has very bad posture issues, which i'm sure she needs to see an orthopedic specialist. But, after that, I think she needs some ballet or pilates. Anyone, have similar problems with their kids and have solutions that a teenage girl will like. Boring exercises aren't going to work.
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What does she need an orthopedist for? Keep in mind they tend to lean towards surgery.
Yoga is great for posture.
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I think they just want to rule out any curvatures of the spine... etc...
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I would not rush to an orthopod. A good chiro can screen for scoliosis and we tend to be much more conservative in our approach. I had a 40 degree scoliosis resolve itself with gentle, low force chiropractic care. It's why I became a chiropractor.
DH and I have seen many a scolioses and other posture issues resolved this way. Posture is more than the muskculoskeletal system. It's an expression of stress adaptation.
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Yoga, martial arts, and belly dance are all great for posture. Also, often times a teenage girl's poor posture can reflect low self confidence or a poor body image. It was certainly that case with me. The above activities not only are fun, posture correcting, and strengthening but they can also help develop a stronger sense of self confidence.
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Another vote for the chiropractor! You should ask in advance if they will be able to recommend exercises she can do to strengthen the appropriate areas. Someone needs to do those exercises with her every day and continue seeing the chiropractor. In the beginning she will probably need frequent adjustments to maintain proper alignment but if she does her exercises she should be able to go longer and longer between adjustments.

I wish someone had worked with me to fix my posture when I was a teen. The longer it goes the more work and discipline it takes to fix it. When I'm not exercising I suffer from chronic headaches and neck & shoulder pain.
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Yoga or pilates. After a yoga class, I can feel that my posture improves exponentially....for a day or two. Maybe if she took a couple of yoga or pilates classes a week, not only would the instruction itself improve her posture, but her muscles would be stronger and her body would be more able to support an improved posture.
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Kettlenetics?????

I have the same problem and was going to buy this workout as I seen great reviews on it and it looks really fun but its pricey....
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I've personally had few good experiences with chiropractors, so I say - save your money. My parents took me to them when I was little and often the corretions hurt and scared me. I had a few good chiropractors where adjustments felt great, but my back issues didn't improve at all until I was in my late teens (5 years after my last chiro visit), had started making an effort to improve my posture, and had dealt with my anxiety and depression, which make my muscles tense and my back and neck very painful. To this day I know - when my back hurts, I am upset about something, even if I have no idea at first what it is.

I had AWFUL posture until I was 17 and realized that a)good posture (that projects self-confidence) is about 50% of attractiveness and b)the only way to start standing up straight is to.. stand up straight.

Unless she makes an effort to purposefully work at it.. it's not going to improve on it's own, no matter how fit she is. I know several yoga buffs who slump badly.

Exercise will help strengthen the muscles of the back. Anything is good for this.. yoga, running, even push-ups and sit-ups.

I practiced standing straight every day when I thought of it. For YEARS. It was extremely difficult at first - I couldn't do it for longer than a minute or too. Now most of the time it is second nature for me to have perfect posture. People actually remark on it.
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