The key to improving posture for teenagers on the NDIS

Providing Exercise Physiology services for teenagers on the NDIS, there is one key focus that pay dividends again and again.

Neutral spine.

But what is ‘neutral spine’? What does it mean, and why is it so important for teens on the NDIS?

‘Neutral spine’ is basically the natural ’s’ shaped curve of the spine. 

This is really important for everyone, but particularly for individuals living with a disability.

We commonly see kids with rounded shoulders and upper backs and chins that jut forwards. A lot of the issues here stem from a lack of strength, stamina and control in the muscles that stabilise the body.

The muscles around the torso play a major role in the position of the spine. And if these muscles are weak, the body succumbs to gravity, and posture suffers.

So what’s the answer? How can we develop strength in these muscles to create a strong musculoskeletal system?

The answer lies in the type of exercise we do.

We need to use exercises that challenge the body.

You know those exercise machines where you sit down, with your body all supported? The kind where you push or pull with your arms or legs? Those are NOT the sort of exercises we’re talking about.

Disclaimer, this doesn’t mean those exercises are inherently bad – for some people they’re great, but for a lot of people, there may be a better way.

And that better way includes exercises like squats and deadlifts. Complex movements that use the whole body. By lifting weights and getting stronger in these complex movements, the body learns how to ‘hold itself together’.

We NEED to challenge the body to cause these adaptations. We NEED to challenge kids physically and mentally. Kids are incredible. Their bodies and minds are often capable of more than we can imagine.

We just need to provide the right stimulus, then their amazing minds and bodies will do the rest.

Learn more about the work Range of Motion does for NDIS participants.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Founder/Director

Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion and leads a team of Exercise Physiologists, Sports Scientists, Physiotherapists and Coaches. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology.

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