BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH TIPS
Avoid repetitive use computer injuries because of increased computer work during school.
- 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
Drink enough water. While playing a sport or when just 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 will not help with hydrating your body and some can worsen dehydration. To hydrate, drink plenty of water. Children should be taught to drink water before they are thirsty. If you are thirsty, 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.
Avoid back and shoulder pains by properly loading and carrying your back pack. In children, back packs should weigh no more than 10% of the child’s weight. For a 60 pound child, that is a 6 pound back pack. Heavier, larger notebooks and books should be packed closer to the side of the pack that rests against your back. Smaller items go in the side of the pack away from you. Pointy items also go on the side away from your back. The pack should be worn over both shoulders. The pack should ride against the back and should never hang below the buttocks.
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.