Tips For A Successful School Year
As a parent, I remember the commercial well. Parents were seen joyfully leaping around the store isles putting school supplies into the shopping cart singing the Christmas song “It's the most wonderful time of the year”.
In my house, we are getting ready for the new school year as my son goes back to college and my daughter gets ready to start her busy senior year of high school. We are also looking forward to college football season and the fall weather.
But this time of the year also reminds me to discuss the importance of good posture and ergonomics for a successful school year. Adults, this still applies to you as well, even if you are done with school 🙂 For more information, call our team at Ashforth Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Raleigh.
Tips For A Successful School Year in Raliegh NC
First, let's start with the kid’s backpacks. Nowadays kids do not use lockers, I know in my day it was cool to use your locker, decorate it and hang out at it. Today’s students have no time to hang at a locker and are forced to carry all their books, supplies and lunch with them from class to class. As a rule, the backpack should weigh no more than 10% of a young child's (K-5) weight. It can be up to 15% of an older students (6th- 12th) weight. If the pack weighs more you should take the excess weight out and have the child carry it. In addition, the backpack should be worn with straps on both shoulders high up on the back with no loose straps that allow the pack to drop away from the body. Lastly, pack the heaviest items closest to the spine and build out with the lighter items.
Next, we have to talk about electronics. The literature today talks of kids developing “text neck” from always looking down at phones, Ipads, laptops, computer games, and reading. This leads to children developing neck pain, headaches, migraine headaches, lower back pain, etc. way too early. Adults you are just as guilty of this poor posture as the kids! When looking at your phone or Ipad raise your arms up to bring the device to eye level. This keeps the head and neck neutral. Laptops are great if used properly. To use it properly you have to either use a wireless keyboard and mouse to let you raise the laptop screen high enough to look straight ahead or dock into a monitor and use the keyboard and mouse on the laptop. The days of sitting on the couch or slumped in bed typing away should be over!
The start of the school year is a perfect time to start a new habit. I recommend the kids get outside and move for 30-60 minutes every day after school. Today there is no emphasis on P.E., most kids will spend more time on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. then they will be moving in any single day. Get them (and you) into the habit of moving more and they will be healthier for it.
Follow these simple tips now and all year and it will truly be the most wonderful time of the year for you and your kiddos! For more information, call our team at Ashforth Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Raleigh today!
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