BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH TIPS

Avoid repetitive computer use injuries

  • Set a timer and every 45 minutes stand and stretch hands and legs
  • The computer monitor should be at eye height
  • Wrists should be level on the keyboard, not bent up or down
  • Feet need to be on the floor or on a foot rest so legs aren’t dangling

Drink enough water. While playing a sport or when running and playing, it is important to drink enough water. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps leading to muscle pulls. It can also cause stomach pains, joint pains and headaches. Sodas, juices and caffeinated beverages do not hydrate your body and some can worsen dehydration. Children should be taught to drink water before they are thirsty. Thirst means you are all ready dehydrated.

Get adequate sleep. Start getting ready for your school schedule by going to bed and waking at the times needed to get ready for school for the week or two before school starts. This will help set your body’s internal clock.

Warm up for sports. If you are starting training for your fall sports season, be sure to warm up with light activity before your full effort training activity. The proper stretches that go with your sport are also very important.

Come in for your chiropractic adjustment. Just like a regular dental check-up or physical, a regular spinal health check up is a very good idea. Correcting any spinal problems when they are minor avoids worse problems later. If you or your child are suffering a computer related pain in your wrists or arms, back or neck, or a sports or other injury, we have very gentle ways of correcting the problem. In August we offer free back pack fitting for you or your child and free proper computer posture training. Simply call the office at 978-535-6155 to schedule a spinal check-up or a back pack fitting or computer posture training with Dr. Ellen.