Teaching Kids Chiropractic Safety While Using Chalk
By Brandi Swieter
Kids often spend parts of their summers outdoors drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. While this can be a fun activity that allows children to express their creativity, it can also cause some tension in their bodies. Parents should do their best to teach chiropractic advice to their kids about how to use chalk safely. Those who use chalk alongside their kids should take extra precautions, since adults tend to experience aches and pains far easier when attempting activities like this one.
Take Regular Breaks
Since drawing with chalk often requires lots of time spent hunched over and kneeling on the sidewalk, it’s best to take regular breaks between drawings. Spend five to 10 minutes drawing a picture, then stand up and stretch to alleviate some of the pressure.
Kneel in the Grass or on a Towel
Kids or adults drawing with chalk should try to avoid kneeling on the hard sidewalk or ground. Instead, kneeling sideways in the grass onto the sidewalk could provide a bit more cushioning. For true comfort while doing this activity, people should take a towel outside with them to kneel on so their bodies do not feel as much tension while drawing.
Stretch Before Starting
Before starting to use any chalk, it’s best for everyone involved to stretch. The body becomes more flexible and less likely to experience pain or injury when doing activities if it is adequately stretched beforehand. Just a few simple stretches will suffice, including standing tall and reaching to the sky, reaching down to touch the toes, and sitting on the ground to do the butterfly.
Drink Water While You Work
Water is one of the best things people can do for their bodies. By staying hydrated, the body is less likely to experience pain as all joints, muscles, and other systems within the body are well-hydrated and working efficiently. Children should be told to drink water regularly as they work on their chalk drawings. Adults helping them should do so as well.
Drawing with chalk may seem like a simple summertime activity that does not need much explanation, but even simple pastimes such as this can wreak havoc on the back. Parents should teach their children about chiropractic advice regarding safe summer activities, and be sure to follow that advice themselves when playing alongside their kids. Any back or joint pain that does set in after hours spent drawing by either children or adults can be evaluated by a doctor at The Joint Chiropractic.
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