We always wish that our child should be Good Looking from every aspect; i.e. Good Shaped Body, Erect and Graceful figure. Much attention is paid for developing the good-habits in our Children which we think are the key factors deciding their Physic. But in reality, an Erect and Graceful Figure are the results of Health and Vigor, rather than the cause of them.
Bad habits are only the partial cause of what we call Stooping, Round Shoulders, sitting “all hunched up” or Shuffling Gait; but chief reason is the weak Muscles and a badly-fed Nervous System, commonly due to a poor Digestion and a weak Circulation.
“If your child is not Healthy and Vigorous, then no amount of Drilling or Reminders to Sit Straight and Stand Erect will make him do so”
It is of great importance that the Child should take an Erect and Correct position for reading and writing while sitting at his desk; and that the Desk and the Seat should be ergonomically designed to suit him. But it is more important that he should not sit at his desk in a Stuffy Room i.e. with no ventilation at all, long enough to be harmed by a Confined Position. A Bad Position or a Bad Carriage in a Child is a sign of ill Health, and should be treated by the removal of its Cause.
Causes of Bad Postures and their Cure
There are various forms of curvatures or bending of the spine which are assumed to be owing to faulty positions of sitting or carrying the Body. There is wide difference of opinions as to their cause; but they practically never occur in Sturdy, Well-Grown and Active Children; and the way that they are now corrected is by careful Systems of Balancing, Muscular Exercise, Open-Air Life, and Abundant Feeding, instead of using Steel Braces, Jackets or Classroom Drills.
Other Deformities and Defects of the Body
Much the same is true of other deformities and defects of the Body, for instance, Round Shoulders or Flat-Foot or even such serious ones as Club-Foot and Bow-Legs. Nearly all these are caused by the weakness or wrong action of some Muscle, or Groups of Muscles. If this be long continued or neglected, the bones – which were made by the Muscles in the first place – will be warped out of shape. When this has occurred, it is often necessary to bring back the Limb or Foot into a nearly straight position by Mechanical or Surgical means; but we now largely depend upon muscular exercises combined with rubbing and massage with the hand, and on building up the general vigor of the entire body, so that the muscles will pull the limb or the backbone back into proper position. So Take care of the Muscles, and the Bones will take care of themselves!
“Help making your Child’s Body Strong, Vigorous and Happy, and it will Hold and Carry itself”