Four things to help your children’s posture while they learn from home

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TULSA, Okla. — Because so many children across the U.S. are staying home for at least the start of this school year, they’ll need to make some adjustments in order to avoid any physical strain.

Tulsa chiropractor Dr. Dustin Reif says there are four things people should do when setting up a workspace for distance learning to prevent neck and back problems:

  • Place the laptop on an elevated surface. You need the screen to be at eye-level for your child.
  • Use a portable keyboard if possible. You want the child’s arms to be at a 90-degree angle. Once you elevate the laptop, you will not want them to be typing with their shoulders scrunched.
  • Require your child to do schoolwork at a desk or a table. The couch is for relaxing. The bed is for sleeping.
  • It is not healthy for your child to be seated for more than one hour at a time. Typically, when they are at school, they have breaks for recess or passing periods between classes. Make sure your child gets up from the computer at least once an hour for 5-10 minutes of physical activity.