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Children and SpinaliS

We want only the best for our children!

Children have a constant need to move. It is as difficult for a child to sit on an immoveable chair and constantly bend over books as it is for an adult with an exhausting work schedule. We provide a winning combination for children - movement and sitting at the same time!
Ensure your children active sitting on a SpinaliS chair and prevent back problems.
It is an investment that you will never regret!

FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHILD

Learning is an exhausting cognitive process that takes a lot of energy. A known fact is that sufficient muscle activity during learning contributes to better focus and concentration, while too much or too little muscle tension and strain causes drowsiness or excessive fatigue.
SpinaliS helps children to maintain proper posture while sitting, thereby allowing them appropriate muscle activity. It prevents excessive muscle fatigue due to burdening of the muscles. While sitting on a SpinaliS, the child remains focused for a longer time, more attentive while learning, and getting used to doing their school work in an easier, faster and playful way.

A poorly formed spine in childhood will cause problems in adulthood.

"The first years of life are crucial to the health of the spine, especially during accelerated rapid growth between the ages 6 and 12. Incorrect posture in early childhood and then at puberty (e.g. in school or in front of TV), too heavy school bags or sports equipment, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity - all these factors can adversely affect the construction and development of the muscular-skeletal system. A poorly formed backbone during school years will cause problems in our mature years. It is also during the early stages of development that irregular curves may appear."

Ivica FLIS SMAK,
MD, Spec. in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Source oblizi.si

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Project: SPINE FRIENDLY SCHOOL


At SpinaliS we pay a special attention to children's spine. So, we decided to do some research. We agreed on a joint project "a spine-friendly school" with one of the Ljubljana elementary schools. Two school classes have been observed since 2006. One class is equipped with the usual school chairs, while the second class have SpinaliS chairs designed for children sitting and working at school. The children are being monitored annually by physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons. Their posture, back muscle strength and overall condition of the spine are checked. A psychotherapist also verified (through a video) the pupils’ concentration during school work. SpinaliS chairs also affect blood circulation and, consequently, the power of concentration. Video clips and psychological tests designed specifically for this project are performed once a year.

In the first and second year of the research there were only differences in concentration and the ability to sit still, since children in the first two years of school move a lot. Children sitting on SpinaliS chairs had sufficient movement on the chairs and were less restless and not getting up during class, because they could swing and move while sitting. In the comparative class there were more disturbances with rocking back and forth and more standing up. The results showed that concentration during tests and results were slightly better in the classroom with SpinaliS chairs since the first grade.

In the last comparison of the two classes the differences were already very obvious: in the classroom with SpinaliS chairs back and abdominal muscles of the children were better developed, posture was better, and there were less overweight children in the class.
The present results show that even children doing sedentary work need active sitting, whether it is on a therapeutic ball or a SpinaliS chair. This is evident from the enthusiasm of children themselves, even more so from their parents, who are very excited about the "spine-friendly school" project.

Transition from Playing Games to Work

"SpinaliS offers children the possibility of different, more interesting movement than they are used to from sitting on ordinary chairs. Thereby it provides them with the possibility of transition from playing to serious school work while having fun. In addition to a number of positive effects on posture, I believe that SpinaliS also from a psychological viewpoint, aids to better schoolwork and helps the kids to focus on learning. Therefore, I fully support The Spine-Friendly School Project and keep my fingers crossed that more and more schools and pupils will be involved in it in near future." 

Tina Rutar Leban, B.A. in Psychology,
Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana


Sitting and Moving at the Same Time - a Winning Combination for our Toddlers

"Due to its movability SpinaliS optimally meets the child's need for movement also during a medical treatment. Sitting on a SpinaliS makes the body active, holding it in the correct position all the time, which is a necessary starting point for better speech motoric and thus for a  more successful speech therapy. For most children SpinaliS is a better choice than therapeutic balls."

Irena Logonder ,logopaedist

An admonition by a renowned orthopaedic surgeon: "Poor posture can be improved."

"When we talk about posture, we think of the posture of the whole body, not just the spine. We consider the posture normal when the body needs a minimum muscular effort to maintain balance and the spine is at the same time protected against degenerative changes and injuries as much as possible.

The period of adolescence is very important for the development of posture because during this time, due to various environmental effects (prolonged sitting, wearing overweight bags in one hand, bending over a desk...), one develops inadequate posture which remains permanent, however, neither reasonable nor effective. A child with poor posture becomes a man with a bad posture. Later in life these adults are moving around and keeping their balance as well as practicing their profession with significantly greater muscular effort. This may result in exhaustion, lower productivity, and accelerated aging of tissues.

Thankfully, bad posture is often due to insufficient and incorrect muscle activity which can be entirely corrected (as opposed to deformation and other damage) with will and discipline.

The main cause of the occurrence of incorrect or poor posture in children and youth is central nervous system fatigue. Small preschool children are physically very active, especially if they are in an environment which allows for this. When starting school they are suddenly forced to sit quietly for many hours. Then they are given more work at home, which in turn requires sitting.

A new world opens up to the child's mind, while his natural instinct for movement is getting weaker. Lack of fresh air, sunlight, wholesome and quality food, combined with the lack of movement and the many harmful effects of modern civilization lead to chronic fatigue and to so many examples of poor posture.

In my opinion, the idea of the moving chair seat is one of the important things in preventing poor posture and thus preventing the degeneration of the intervertebral discs. I definitely recommend the SpinaliS chair already during school years because it allows active sitting and strengthens the muscles while allowing the children freedom of movement."


Dr. Janko Popovič, M.D., Orthopaedic surgeon

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OPINIONS

My back does not hurt anymore, I feel great, a whole day sitting on it is not as tiresome as on conventional chairs.
Robert Rolih