A: As kids get settled into the routine of school parents must also consider the back-to-school challenges on young bodies. A few simple recommendations can make a big difference in your children’s health and wellness, since even minor misalignments and imbalances in the musculoskeletal system can set them up for a lifetime of pain and degeneration if not addressed properly.
Back packs should be loaded with the heaviest books near to the body. Straps should be worn on both shoulders and tightened snuggly to distribute the weight closest to the body’s center of gravity.
Additional items such as band instruments and sports equipment should be carried only as necessary to minimize the daily load strains.
Parents and teachers should encourage good posture at school desks, computers and study locations at home. Efforts should be made to ensure that kids are using desks that are appropriate for their size and “handedness” as hours in an awkward position can strain the neck and back.
Sports also pose new stresses on young bodies as impact and contact on maturing bones can predispose them to injury.
Sufficient sleep, a balanced diet, and adequate hydration are essential for growing bodies to assure that all cells, tissues and organs have the time and resources to develop and regenerate properly. Schedule a visit with your chiropractor today to assure that your family heads back to school with 100 percent potential.
Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.