Kids and Ergonomics: Is it really that important?

By Renee Ticzon

Photo from Jerry Wang from Unsplash

With the ongoing community lockdowns being implemented locally, people have been glued to their homes a lot more than usual. Work, school and play are now held in a single venue for almost everyone across the country.

These circumstances have brought the importance of the home environment to the forefront.

Because everyone is now limited to operating from home, several families have made the decision to improve their environment. Part of the change includes a change in home furniture, especially in areas that see the most hours in a day.

While the ergonomic lifestyle has gained awareness as we stay in our confined spaces, there is a wide misconception of who benefits from the switch.

The ergonomic lifestyle is often associated with avoiding office fatigue. Incorporating pieces that allow movement is said to benefit the working generation who often sits still for eight hours a day.

However, what not a lot of people know is that the ergonomic lifestyle is equally or more important for the younger generations.

Ergonomics is more than just sitting and standing comfortably. It helps correct the form of a person, which is essential for a child developing habits. As the kid grows, these habits that are formed in childhood helps maintain the child’s good posture.

“It’s better to have that foundation as a kid so that when they grow up, the problems that usually arise when the growth spurt begins, will lessen” said Sir Randel Lapuz, a licensed physical therapist from ProHealth Sports and Spinal PT Centers, Philippines

While having good posture may be important for its aesthetic value, the truth is that its benefits are often undervalued.

According to Sir Lapuz, by having good posture, the chest muscles will open up, letting more airflow through the bloodstream, giving more oxygen into the lungs and into the bloodstream, giving more nutrients to the brain. It also improves the digestive system as good posture decreases the instances of hyperacidity or heartburn because it does not put pressure on the stomach (due to slouching and squeezing). Good posture also helps decrease pectoral tightness and upper back muscle weakness, preventing any discomfort and, in the long run, pain due to muscular imbalance.

So when a child develops these habits early on, then they won’t have to deal with correcting what they got used to. Instead, their focus will be on maintaining what they have been doing in their younger years.

It’s better to have that foundation as a kid so that when they grow up, the problems that usually arise when the growth spurt begins, will lessen.

Randel Lapuz, licensed physical therapist from ProHealth Sports and Spinal PT Centers, Philippines

It doesn’t stop there.

Incorporating ergonomic furniture into a child’s space helps increase their attention span and endurance. The movement that these pieces allow helps decrease a child’s fatigue, making them more likely to focus on what they are doing. This improves their productivity and helps lessen distractions.

Understandably, there may be a lot of apprehension for parents to invest in these kinds of furniture. For starters, children often outgrow these pieces especially when they hit their growth spurt.

However, quality ergonomic furniture grows with your child. The Stance Jr. line offers seats that can be adjusted based on the height or growth of your child. The BIFMA-Certified, Charli Chair has your child in mind. 

It carries different features like its height adjustable seat and backrest, pedal footrest and three-proof long-lasting waterproof and dustproof fabric that not only make your child’s experience better, but also makes the product last longer than typical kids furniture. It’s the perfect chair for those children that are on their gadgets for several hours a day as it provides enough movement to be comfortable without being distracting.

Stance Junior Charli Study Chair

Part of the Charli Chair’s feature includes it growing with the child. Because of its adjustability, kids can use it from ages 4 to 15 years old. Its waterproof and dustproof fabric also ensures your Charli Chair will look good throughout the years.

Even if the Charli Chair has all the equipment that a child needs, parents still have the responsibility of keeping them engaged while on it. Children love moving around, so parents should let them. According to Sir Lapuz, it only takes 10-15 minutes daily to build a child’s habit of maintaining a good posture

Ultimately, parents need to think long term. The unfortunate reality is that there is no vaccine that is safely being administered to kids. This means schools, playgrounds and other facilities will not be able accommodate children for the foreseeable future. Investing in furniture that brings comfort and care to your children will definitely help their performance and acceptance of the situation.

Kids want to be out, but since they cannot yet, why not make their stay indoors as meaningful as possible?

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Randel Siegfred Lapuz
BSc Physical Therapy (PH)
Registered Physiotherapist

Randel specializes in sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and manual therapy. He is currently consulting as well as Physiotherapist of Globe Telecom’s Sports Teams. He has handled universities, corporate, professional and national athletes. He also handled the men’s volleyball team at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia and internationally trained at South Korea and was a lead physiotherapist during competition in Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, he was also a part of the 5×5 Men’s and Women’s Basketball last December 2019 on the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in the country handling national athletes on-site from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Philippines.

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