Even with so many unknowns in the world today, there are some things you can always count on when heading back to school:
* Backpacks will be heavy
* Back to school means back to sports
* Excitement equals stress for parents, students, and teachers
* Boosting wellness is vitally important
Regular chiropractic care can help!
While style, brand, and color may be your student’s primary concern when shopping for backpacks, yours should be size, shape, and construction. That’s because book bags fit and weight distribution are very important for reducing stress on growing bodies, as well as for maintaining spinal alignment. Look for backpacks with ergonomic straps that are wide (and preferably padded) and can be adjusted so that the bag doesn’t hang too loosely or too far down the back of the body. Encourage the use of both straps when they have them, or regularly rotating the side it’s carried on when they don’t. Crossbody bags may be an option as well so that the whole load doesn’t hang off of one shoulder all the time.
Getting in the habit of regularly cleaning out backpacks is also a great idea. Often, much of the weight of a book bag’s contents are comprised of things that no longer need to be in there.
Overburdened backpacks can eventually present in uneven shoulders and hips, as well as other skeletal problems that can lead to pain and affect growth. Spinal adjustments and routine monitoring for alignment issues can address many of the problems caused by heavy backpacking through school hallways.
Whether your student-athlete took the season off or trained their summer away, sports chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for entering Fall practice in peak shape. There’s a reason so many professional sports teams have a chiropractor on staff and this is it: when the spine is properly aligned, and areas of muscular weakness are identified, performance can be improved, and injury much less likely. Chiropractic care can make a dramatic difference in the health and performance of athletes of all ages and levels. With regular care, football and soccer players, cheerleaders, and swimmers, among others, all can experience greater strength, flexibility, and mobility, along with the reduced risk of injury, to help keep them on the field, court, and track all season long.
Back-to-school time is exciting, but it can also be physically and mentally stressful. Social, academic, physical, and health-related stressors, like sitting for long periods of the day, subconsciously adopting a hunched posture when anxious or uncomfortable, and overtraining in after-school sports or other activities can leave young bodies drained and misaligned, and young minds mentally stressed. It’s important to eat well, get plenty of sleep, and ensure kids are not over-scheduled. The addition of regular chiropractic care to other healthy lifestyle habits can reduce tension and improve circulation, keeping bodies — and minds — in a more relaxed state.
We all want to keep our families as safe and healthy as possible, especially in the face of Covid-19, seasonal flu, and even the common cold. Regular hand washing and other hygiene, proper nutrition and exercise, supplementation when necessary, and appropriate social distancing contribute to our efforts toward better wellness. Chiropractic care can support all of those efforts. By encouraging spinal health, restoring joint function, and supporting nervous system communication, all body systems can function more optimally. Spine and limb adjustments when necessary, therapeutic massage, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulations (TENS), and many other proven treatment modalities can relieve pain and stress, allowing for better overall body function, including immunity. Of course, we aren’t saying that chiropractic care cures Covid, but it is a great preventative tool for both improving the body’s natural ability to resist and recover from infection. We can even assist with nutrition counseling and lifestyle modification plans.
While making what are sure to be many back-to-school checklists this time of year, put chiropractic care at the top. Dynamic Sports Medicine can help ensure that your students (and you) are ready to face this school year in the best way possible!