Tall Teens: 3 Tips to Avoid Back Pain

There are many advantages and disadvantages to being tall, but tall people have to worry about their health in ways that their shorter counterparts don’t. Fortunately, these issues are well known and documented. Physicians, physicians, and medical specialists from a variety of fields have studied the physical problems faced by extremely tall people and have a number of techniques to combat both the causes and effects of these. Before we get into the advice, it’s worth noting that, as with most things medical, it’s much better to prevent a problem than to cure it. With this in mind, tall teens should be watched and counseled as they grow so they don’t develop bad habits that could become chronic health problems down the road. All of the following tips deal with what is probably the biggest factor in poor health for tall youth: poor posture. This leads to upper and lower back pain, bending over, spinal disc problems, and countless other conditions.

First of all, with posture, it is critical that the person walks upright and sits upright. This has to be learned in adolescence and maintained throughout life. You never think about how you walk, but it’s critical for the taller person to keep their head up, shoulders back, and chest in gait style. A stooped walking style will inevitably lead to spinal or back pain.

Second, in combating poor posture, the tall teen must develop a strong core. The core muscles are those around the stomach, abdomen, and lower back. The key to this set of muscles is that they support your upper body, which can be a considerably heavier weight than someone 18 inches shorter than you. Anytime you twist or twist your upper body, your core muscles provide the foundation for that movement. In fact, almost every movement in your body involves your core muscles. There are many well documented and safe exercises to strengthen your core muscles.

Finally, stretching is a great discipline for taller teens to learn. Use lower back and upper back stretching techniques to relax your back and strengthen it. Even upper leg, neck, and shoulder stretches help maintain good posture, balance, and strength conditioning. The general benefits of a regular exercise and stretching regimen are well documented in many journals for avoiding and reducing back pain.

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