By now there is an overwhelming amount of literature confirming abnormal sagittal(side view) postural patterns cause lower back pain in adolescents and adults. Researchers set out to determine if postural patterns were observable in childhood. This would confirm that chronic pain etiologies caused by poor posture actually starts in childhood.
In total, 2,413 children (1,147 girls, 1266 boys) were assessed from the right side. All the children were age 7. Three postural patterns were identified: “Sway” (26.9%), “Flat” (20.9%) and “Neutral to Hyperlordotic” (52.1%) in girls; “Sway to Neutral” (58.8%), “Flat” (36.3%) and “Hyperlordotic” (4.9%) in boys.
What the researches found was astounding. At age 7 we can see postural distortions that we typically see in adolescents and adults. This suggests that chronic pain conditions such as headaches, neck pain and back pain start developing very early in childhood. It is important to understand that posture is directly related to structure. If there is abnormal posture then there’s a very good possibility that there is poor structure on the inside.
This answers the most asked question in my office, “How long has this problem existed?”
Well, now we know.