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“Current lifestyles and school learning environments are having a negative impact on the back health of children and young people. As a society we are becoming increasingly sedentary and technology is playing a greater part of every day.
It is important children and young people learn how to use ICT safely and healthily and have access to appropriately designed furniture to support their growing spines.
In addition to providing improved comfort and concentration for learning, this will help ensure their current and future back health.
Of all the school chairs I have assessed, The dlb Max II chair, offers the best lumbar back support, helping ensure a healthy posture and comfort for those who use it. This combined with the safety “non-tip back” design, adds real value and benefit for school use.
I highly recommend it to schools wishing to provide an excellent, affordable and supportive chair for children in their care”.
Hello! My name is Lorna Taylor and I am a Lead Practitioner of Children First Physiotherapy and Director of Jolly Back Enterprises Ltd and am working closely with dlb…to improve the back health and wellbeing of children and staff in school. As a health professional I am familiar with research and anecdotal evidence amongst education professionals and children about the musculo-skeletal disorders they experience at work and at school due to their working and learning environments, along with other associated risks.
Various factors contributing to musculo-skeletal ill health for staff include:
- working in “child” environments, budget restrictions for appropriate storage and equipment to help staff work more safely,
- pressure of achieving pupil academic targets,
- limited understanding of healthier working practices and benefits of workplace design,
- poor leadership and cultural resistance to change in some schools.
For pupils, risk factors are associated with increased sedentary culture, reduced core fitness, school bags, poor posture associated with ICT use, obesity, school furniture and unhealthy learning environment design.
It is perhaps understandable that little consideration is given to ergonomics, healthy school design and safer moving and handling. However, the potential to improve the health, comfort and productivity of staff and students is enormous. As professionals and members of society we have an obligation and opportunity to be creative in our thinking and approach to provide improvements in the health and well-being of both staff and pupils – to help ensure all reach their full potential.
The concept of “back health in education”
The concept of “back health in education” is an emerging one, and is slowly gathering momentum. An increasing number of children are now experiencing back pain as technology and sedentary lifestyles are starting to take their toll on young, growing spines. This may lead to the subject becoming a greater priority for schools?
The implications of ignoring back health are costly and far-reaching for employees, employers and society. For children, striving to reach their full potential and as our future workforce, the implications have a potentially greater impact. If valuable teachers and teaching assistants are absent too, this may have an additional impact on their education.
As a physiotherapist I am working with dlb… to support their plight on raising awareness of back health in the education sector and will be offering a weekly column right here with news, tips, advice, eLearning qualifications and more. We hope you will bookmark our page!