Dangerous Sitting Position
The W Sitting Position
Have you ever seen your child sitting in the W Position?
Does it make you cringe and shudder when you see it?
Do we need to Worry as Parents?
WHAT IS THIS W – SITTING POSITION YOU SPEAK OF?
W- sitting is a position in which children sit with their bottom on the floor, knees forward rolling inwards, with their feet tucked under behind them. Knees can be together or spread apart. Children sit at ease in this position and can start at a very young age.
It is a very common position for children to sit in between the ages of 3-6 Years . As a Ballet teacher imagining my own joints under this stress makes every hair stand on end!
SO WHY DO CHILDREN SIT LIKE THIS AND WHATS THE BIG DEAL?
During infancy your Childs joints and bones are extra flexible so this position causes no pain or discomfort however over time the bones and joints can be affected adding stress to these undeveloped areas.
Whilst sitting in this W position children are unknowingly creating a wider support structure which relies on their joints and bones to hold them up upright. Limiting their movement during play ( side to side, forwards and backwards) weakens their core muscles and balance. This can create muscle weakness, decreased co – ordination and decreased movements crossing over the body’s centre line.
Sitting in the W – Position increases the hips joints rotation inwards and limits the outward rotation which can lead to Pigeon -toed gait Position. This maybe identified by excessive instability, constant tripping, clumsiness and off set balance.
Another condition that may develop is Tibial Torsion which is the outward rotation of the leg below the knee. Walking can be slow, tiring and even painful.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP AT HOME?
Prompt your child to change seating positions. eg) Tap their leg
Ask your child to change their seating position.
Show them some positions to sit in.
Legs stretched out infant
Sit on knees
Offer a chair
SO WHEN DO I STOP WORRYING AND RECEIVE HELP?
If your child …
Has Weak core strength
Has low muscle tone
Weak in the lower limbs
Ballet is fantastic for growing and developing children. During our fun filled Ballet classes we are strengthening our Core stability, strengthening our muscles, working on rotation and developing correct posture.
So Dance dance Dance!