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There’s been a lot of fuss in recent years regarding this subject, so in this article, we’ll focus on the most important reasons why an active chair is beneficial for your kid:
Active sitting, also known as active seating or dynamic sitting, encourages people (and especially kids) to remain in motion rather than staying in a rigid seated posture. Active seating options not only accommodate but promote the natural movements of the body and can help improve spinal positioning and muscle stimulation. In other words, active sitting is fidget-friendly and can also help improve concentration. Therefore, if your kid is super-energetic or even has concentration problems, this is a natural and fun way to get him or her to focus on the task at hand.
Standing up straight and tall not only helps your child appear more confident, but it also helps relieve muscle strain, backaches, and neck aches. Developing good posture as your child grows has long-term benefits that will pay off throughout their lifetime.
When sitting, your child's back should be straight with shoulders back. Buttocks should be all the way back in the chair. This sitting position should allow your child's spine to sit in a natural S position. The top of the back and shoulders will curve forward while the lower back forms a dip.
"Paying attention to their sitting position can assist in improving your child's posture and, ultimately, decrease backaches," says Christopher Redman, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children's Health℠ Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
By using an active chair on a daily basis, your kid will strengthen his or her back muscles, and enjoy the benefits of a good posture for their entire life.
Sensory chairs are designed to help the children who constantly fidget when seated. Children that move about in their seats are typically called ‘sensory seekers’ in the sensory literature. These children may have Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism. Often they are looking for more vestibular sensory input. Vestibular sensory input refers to our balance and movement sense. This sense is not only responsible for our balance but also helps us to stay alert and focused.
Improves blood flow
From the fact that active seats help your kid stay active by integrating small body movements, the blood flow increases. In turn, oxygen levels to the brain also increase resulting in high energy levels and improved mental alertness, boosting productivity. Unlike traditional seats where the body goes into a complete in-active state, active seating boosts the body’s metabolism. As a result, the health benefits of them are enormous and last a lifetime.
Diminish ADD/ADHD symptoms
There has been researched into kids with ADHD and active sitting. In 2003 a study was published in the American Journal of Occupation Therapy that found that in students with ADHD, sitting on therapy balls(swiss balls) improves behavior and productivity. It was discovered that students using ball chairs were better able to sit still, focus and write more.
Then in 2007, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester echoed these sentiments by finding that the ability to move around more while sitting made the students more attentive, the study believing this is due to kids being able to burn off excess energy by bouncing or moving.
It’s this movement when channeled correctly that actually helps students focus. A 2008 National Education Association article featured a research study that found children need to move while performing a complicated mental task.
The study also found that “children, especially those with ADHD fidgeted more when a task required them to store and process information rather than just hold it. This is why students are often restless while doing maths or reading, but not while watching a movie.”
Active sitting by its nature is friendly towards fidgeting, so for those children who can’t resist, it’s a good way of channeling their excess energy into productive activities, as well as providing the physical benefits and reducing strain on their young bodies.
It acknowledges a child’s need to move but simultaneously keeps them sitting still enough so teachers and other students can keep going as normal.
Such a simple tool, like a chair, can have tremendous benefits for the overall health of your child, short term and especially long term, therefore, make sure you provide him or her, everything they need to get a good start in life. They’ll thank you later 😉