Keep School Pain-Free With Tips from the Chiropractor
By Brandi Swieter
August means back to school for most students, with summer gone and a new year of learning ready to take over everyone’s attention. Many students struggle in school not because of the work, but because of the pain that often comes along with it. Students often complain of an aching back and shoulders due to a heavy backpack. Keep this school year pain-free by following some tips from the chiropractor that will make it more bearable.
Sit With Proper Posture
Many students slouch at their desks or hunch over them when working. This can quickly lead to back and neck pain. It’s important for pupils to sit with proper posture while at their desks, computers, and even the lunch table so an improper way of sitting doesn’t leave them with aches. Everyone should sit with their backs straight and shoulders back yet relaxed.
The physical activity during gym time or recess, the long day spent learning, and the mental stress combined make it more than necessary for students to stay hydrated at school. Too many people only get something to drink at lunch time, or perhaps a quick sip of water from the fountain when traveling between classes. This is not nearly enough to keep a student hydrated and feeling well throughout the day. All students should have a water bottle with them so they can drink when necessary. A properly hydrated body is less likely to suffer from typical aches and pains.
Hours spent sitting at a desk is not good for the body. The few minutes spent trying to rush from one class to the next is not enough to stretch the body, either. Students need to be able to stretch and move as often as needed to get the blood flowing and keep the body from becoming stiff and pained. Kids can stretch some of their body parts while sitting at their desks to help some, and stretch more when they get some free time.
Strap the Backpack to Both Shoulders
Though some students wear their backpacks correctly already, there are many who fail to follow the correct way of using one. Backpacks with two shoulder straps are not meant to be thrown over one shoulder. This can throw off the balance of weight and cause significant pain, especially if the backpack is full. Both shoulder straps should be used, and the bag should sit high up and close to the body with no sagging or dragging occuring.
With school in session, students need to do their best to remain free from distractions so they can focus on work. Pain is a major distraction that can lead to problems in the classroom. Visit The Joint Chiropractic to get an assessment and see about getting relief. With care paired with some additional tips for school, students can lead a pain-free life.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.