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Chiropractic and Straighten Up UK
for Kids



About The Straighten Up UK Programme

Chiropractic treatment includes exercise and Straighten Up UK for kids is a simple, three minute posture care programme designed to help children feel and look their best. The programme is divided into three quick sessions:

  • Stars (warm up)
  • Flying Friends (posture care)
  • Core Balance (to finish off the session)

Through the help of Abby and Jake, children can learn these daily exercises to help improve their posture and spinal health.

By promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine, the risk of getting problems with your child’s back now and in the future can be substantially reduced.

There are other things you can do by following the Chiropractic Golden Rules:

  • BAG IT UP: A rucksack is the best option for a school bag as long as it is carried over both shoulders, with the straps adjusted so that the bag is held close to the back and weight is evenly distributed.
  • KEEP IT LIGHT: Make sure that all unnecessary excess weight is removed from the school bag for each day - check only essential items are taken in.
  • BEST FOOT FORWARD: Good footwear is important; soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip will make it easier to carry a heavy school bag.
  • EXERCISE: Lack of exercise is a child’s worst enemy. Take regular exercise - the fitter a child is, the less likely they are to injure themselves.
  • MOVE AROUND: Staying still for a long time is bad for the spine. Limit time at the computer or watching TV to 40 minutes at a time. Get up and take a break - do something else for a while.
  • COMPUTER POSTURE: When using a PC or a computer console - be sure to sit comfortably with the spine supported. It can be difficult to realise that a posture is painful if being distracted by the games!
IMPORTANT NOTE:

These exercises are designed for healthy children, please check with your GP or chiropractor, before continuing with this programme.

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We’re Abby and Jake, and we are excited to help you learn how to take care of your spine. We will show you some exercises you can do every day.


First, Jake will teach you how to STAND TALL

Stand straight and tall with your head high.

  • Put your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in a straight line, just like Jake is doing.
  • Pull your belly button in.

...and Abby has an exercise you can do between the others, called the TRAP OPENER:

  • Breathe deeply and calmly. Relax your tummy.
  • Let your head hang loosely forward and gently turn from one side to the other.
  • Using your fingers, gently rub the area just below the back of your head on your neck.
  • Relax your shoulders and roll them backward and forward. Keep doing this while you count to 15!

Now go to section 1 THE STARS and start with the TILTING STAR exercise

...AND REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!


1. THE STARS

TILTING STAR

‘STAND TALL’ (Head up high and pull your belly button in.)

Spread your arms and legs into a star.

  • Breathe air in as you slowly stretch one arm over your head... and slide your other arm down your leg.
  • SLOWLY tilt your star to the other side.
  • Relax at the end of the stretch, and
  • DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE IN AND OUT!
  • Repeat on both sides twice!

TWIRLING STAR

‘STAND TALL’ (head up high and pull your belly button in).

While you are in the star position, turn your head to look at one hand.

  • Slowly twist your entire spine to watch your hand as it goes behind you.
  • Relax at the end of the stretch, and
  • DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE IN AND OUT!

TWISTING STAR

‘STAND TALL’ (head up high and pull your belly button in).

  • Raise your arms in ‘hands up’ position.
  • Bring one of your elbows across your body while you raise the opposite knee toward it.
  • Now bring the other elbow across your body while you raise your other knee toward it.
  • Repeat this 15 times!
  • RELAX AND BREATHE - YOU ARE DOING GREAT

2. THE FLYING FRIENDS

THE EAGLE

  • Put your arms straight out and pull your shoulders together in the back. Breathe air in and slowly raise your arms until your hands touch together over your head.
  • Breathe air out and slowly lower your arms to your side.
  • Repeat three to five times.

THE HUMMINGBIRD

  • Put your arms out to the sides with your hands up and pull your shoulders together in the back.
  • Make small backward circles with your hands and arms.
  • Bend at your waist from side to side while you keep the circles going.
  • Keep it going while you count to 10!

THE BUTTERFLY

Put your arms behind your head and gently pull your elbows backward.

  • Slowly and gently push your head backward against your hands while you could to two.
  • Relax and breathe.
  • Repeat this 3 times!

DO SOME TRAP OPENERS LIKE ABBY SHOWED YOU IN THE INTRODUCTION.

GOOD JOB!


3. CORE BALANCE/WRAPS

TIGHT ROPE

‘STAND TALL’ (Head up high and pull your belly button in.)

Pretend the floor in front of you is a tight rope high in the air. (NEVER try this on a real rope!!!)

  • Take a step forward on the tight rope.
  • Keep your front knee over your ankle (not over your toes).
  • Keep it going while you count to 20!
  • Repeat with the other foot forward.

THE ROCKER

‘STAND TALL’ (Head up high and pull your belly button in.)

Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders. Gently rotate your body from side to side.

  • Let your arms flop back and forth and shift your weight from knee to knee.
  • Keep it going while you count to 15!

THE TRIANGLE

‘STAND TALL’ (Head up high and pull your belly button in.)

  • Lean to one side until your elbow can rest on your bent knee.
  • Breathe air in and slowly raise your other arm above your head so your body makes a triangle (like Abby).
  • Feel the stretch in your body.
  • Count to 10 and do the other side!

THE SHAKES

Count to 15 while you shake your hands and feet

IT’S BEEN FUN - WE ARE DONE!


We hope you enjoyed it!

If you found it difficult to grasp, don’t worry, a quick run-through is all it takes to get the hang of it. Let us know if you need some help!

Do the StraightenUp exercises work?

An American study showed after just five weeks of daily StraightenUp exercises, 83% of participants reported a postural improvement. Approximately 80% reported that their backs were more comfortable and that they could sit and stand more upright, and 78% said they felt stronger in their core muscles (Figures from StraightenUp America).

The people who have tried it don’t need persuading that it works. Why don’t you just try it and see for yourself!

We look forward to hear from you!


For enquiries please call:

Chiropractic Care

Milton Keynes: 01908 307075
Northampton: 01604 460200
Aylesbury: 01296 489231



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