With the new School Year well underway here are six golden rules:
- Bag It Up – if you have to carry a bag to school a rucksack is the best option as long as you carry it over both shoulders, and the straps are adjusted so that the bag is held close to your back.
- Keep It Light – Make sure you’re not carrying any unnecessary excess weight – check that you are only carrying essential items.
- Best Foot Forward-Make sure you’re wearing good soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip on the ground to make carrying a heavy bag easier.
- Exercise – Lack of exercise is your worst enemy. Take regular and frequent exercise – the fitter you ar, the less likely you are to injuse yourself. It doesn’t have to be David Beckham levles – just something that you enjoy, uses your joints and incresaes your heartbeat.
- Move Around – Staying still for a long time is bad for your spine. Limit yourself to 40 minutes on the computer or in front of the TV before you get up and do something else for a while.
- Computer Posture – Make sure your computer or games console is set up so that you’re sitting comfortably and your spine is supported. You may not realise that the position you’re sitting in is painful when you’re concentrating on what you are doing.
Our chiropractic team has been trained to find out the cause of your pain and can offer you care and advice to help. People of all ages get treated by chiropractors – including lots of parents and teachers!
According to BCA chiropractors, the common cause of joint and back pain amongst school children are:
Lack of exercise School bags Poor posture Computer games Ill-fitting desks Using a PC Sport