HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL? HERE ARE 5 TIPS FROM A PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Whether it’s children attending grade school, teenagers at high school or adults in college, students are making their way back to school. With the new school year here, it’s important to take care of your body during the school day. Maintaining good posture is the most important thing, as it will reduce stress on the back, neck, and shoulders.
We at CORE Physical Therapy have put together a list of helpful back-to-school posture tips students can follow:
1. Avoid Slouching
Slouching at one’s desk in school or over the computer doing homework at night is the number one reason people will experience back and neck pain during the school year. If you find yourself slouching, stand up and walk around. Even if it’s going for a swig at the water fountain, stretching your spine can help reset your posture when you return to your seat.
2. Proper Backpack Usage
Backpacks are a very efficient way to carry around books and other school supplies, but they can also put a lot of stress on the back. Make sure to have a backpack that fits the wearer’s size and has proper support straps/belts to properly distribute the weight. Students should also wear the bag on the center of their backs with both straps over their shoulders.
3. Don’t Do Homework Lying Down
Teenagers especially like to lie down on their stomachs or backs while doing homework, and this habit is even more popular now thanks to the convenience of smartphones and tablets. However, doing this can put stress on the neck, shoulders and other joints.
4. Eat Right and Exercise
Children and teenagers are more likely to be active during the summer months but don’t let it stop there. Physical activity throughout the school year is a good thing! Whether that means joining a sports team or an extracurricular club, physical exercise keeps the body and mind stimulated by stimulating blood flow. Likewise, minimize junk food intake and encourage healthier snacks and meals throughout the day.
To prevent your body from staying locked in one position for a long period of time, be sure to stretch! Even the best desk posture will start to hurt if you don’t take stretch breaks.
These are just a few ways to keep the body healthy and the back, neck and shoulder joints/muscles from tightening up during the school year. For more information on physical therapy exercises and tips, contact CORE Physical Therapy today. We can help you heal.