It’s that magical time of year again. Back to school season!
Excitement is in the air and everyone’s to-do’s lists seem to get longer and longer. Your back-to-school prep likely includes things like buying school supplies, new clothes, and thinking about packing lunches for your kids. Their health and well-being is also most likely at the forefront of your mind.
So, why should you consider chiropractic care as a part of your annual back-to-school routine? We would be surprised if it was one of the first things that came to your mind, but learning and putting the benefits of chiropractic care into practice can really help kick the school year off right! Additionally, it can benefit your child’s health for years to come.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care For Students
The beginning of a new school year brings a lot of changes to your child’s daily life; studying, socializing, adapting to a busy schedule, extracurriculars, and athletic participation—just to name a few.
A new school year is undoubtedly exciting and fun for kids! However, it can also trigger a variety of conditions that impact their health and happiness. Below, we list a few examples and the solutions chiropractic care provides.
Back Pain From Sitting and Wearing a Heavy Backpack
A trained chiropractor evaluates your child’s spinal health and provides safe adjustments to make sure their spine remains in a healthy alignment. This helps reduce the risk of future injuries and keeps your child’s body balanced.
We also discuss the best practices for spinal health—like good posture and how to wear a backpack properly to avoid pain or injury.
Here are some important things to remember to help avoid backpack related issues. Make sure you child’s backpack doesn’t weigh more than 15% of their total body weight and avoid over the shoulder bags or wearing a backpack on one shoulder. Additionally, make sure their backpack doesn’t sag below their belt line. We recommend a backpack with a third strap that secures around the hips or across the chest because it improves weight distribution and back/shoulder support.
As far as posture goes, make it a habit to sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor, shoulders back, with your head over the top of your neck and shoulders. It’s also incredibly beneficial to get up and move around at least once an hour.
Increased Risk of Sports Injuries
These injuries can occur in organized sports, physical education classes, or simply playing during recess. Chiropractic treatment can help your child recover from a variety of sports injuries, like sprains or pulled muscles and reduce any associated pain—in the neck, back, shoulders, or even headaches. Plus, it’s all done in a natural and holistic way.
Increased Stress, Anxiety, and Related Symptoms
Some children experience heightened levels of stress or anxiety when they return to school and have difficultly managing it on their own. Symptoms often include headaches, irritability, trouble sleeping, or digestive issues.
Chiropractic care can reduce symptoms, identify triggers, and help eliminate the source of the issue. Some of the more common triggers include nutrition/foods, spinal misalignment, or environmental stressors. Our goal is to help you identify and eliminate these issues through a personalized care plan.
Spring Creek Medical Center use a holistic approach—meaning we look at the body as a whole—to determine your child’s individual needs. When the spine is aligned properly, the central nervous system works more efficiently. This helps boost energy and clear the mind.
Identify and Treat More Serious, Long-Term Conditions
The sooner your child can be diagnosed with a more serious condition, like scoliosis, the more likely it is for them to experience healing and freedom with little to no impact on their daily lives.
Chiropractic Care in Cache Valley, Utah
Chiropractic treatment is safe for children and students of all ages and can significantly impact their quality of life for the better. Our goal at Spring Creek Medical Center is to set you up for success this school year and for years to come!