Tips for a Healthy Back to School Transition

Back to School Hungerford Chiro

Ah, September. The month of new beginnings and fresh starts. For many families, this means a return to schedules and getting the kids ready for another exciting school year.

But for some, back-to-school season can be a time of stress and anxiety. Let us take a look at some tips to help make this back-to-school season a healthy and happy one for the whole family! Here are 5 tips to help your kids have the best start to the new school year (if you need more help with a child who has growing pains or poor posture, we are offering free initial assessments for all children 16 or under during September):

1. Staying hydrated. It increases your energy levels. A glass of cool water first thing is a good way to wake up and stop your child feeling groggy for school. This is because water increases the ability for our red blood cells to transport oxygen to the brain. This creates more alertness and energises the body, allowing you to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day!

2. General activity. It is a great stress reliever. With fun and excitement comes the release of endorphins. These “happy chemicals” are responsible for positive feelings and euphoria, as well as being the body’s way of combating feelings associated with stress. While also improving social skills. Whatever the activity, doing it with a friend or loved one will mean double the fun! It also helps boost creativity and is shown in studies to improve brain function.

3. Good posture. This is generally great advice for the whole family. With the increased use of technology in schools and at home, we can sometimes find ourselves in less-thanideal positions. Below are some pointers for the best posture and set up for working whether at home or school.
• Sitting with both feet on the ground, legs uncrossed.
• Sitting square to your desk, with your computer/work at eye-level.
• Keep hips higher than knees, and shoulders stacked over your hips.
• Making sure your head is resting over your shoulders and not hunched forwards.

4. Schoolbag selection. We have all seen it, the ‘fashionable’ isn’t always the most practical, here are a few tips for choosing a suitable bag for school; • Pick a backpack with two straps. This will distribute the weight evenly and help prevent back and shoulder pain from carrying on one side every day.
• Make sure the straps are adjustable. This way, you can customise the fit to your child’s body size.
• Look for a backpack with padded shoulder straps. This will help make the backpack more comfortable to wear and will relieve pressure on shoulders.
• Make sure the backpack is the right size. It should be no more than 10% of your child’s bodyweight where possible, and look proportionate to your child’s size – about the width of their chest.

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to talk to one of our team, who will be able to advise you of how we can help.

Dr. Joshua Wymer DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare
The Croft Hall, Hungerford
01488 683 666

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