5 Essential Tips to Eliminate Back-to-School Back Pain

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Now that summer is once again coming to an end, parents and families are preparing for the new school year. Regardless how you feel about this new of classes, the first few weeks of school are typically the most difficult for students.  It takes time mentally and physically to adjust to new routines, less free time, early nights with even earlier mornings, and prolonged sitting. After months of carefree movements and activities, being confined to a desk is hard on the mind and body.

The back is one part of your body that can really feel the impact of too much sitting. No matter how young or old you are, returning to the classroom can put a strain on the lower lumbar region. These tips will help ease the spinal pain so you will be more comfortable.

1. Balance the Backpack

Students using backpacks tend to carry too much weight in the bags. Adding to their discomfort, the straps are not properly fitted and it is carried incorrectly. Toting the pack over one shoulder puts a very unbalanced strain on one side of the body, causing damage to the tissues and spinal region.

It is important to fit the back pack onto the person properly, carry it on both shoulders to distribute the weight more evenly, and minimize the amount of heavy supplies in the bag. If you are unsure how to properly secure a balanced book bag, visit your chiropractor so they can show you the proper body mechanics and adjust your pack properly.

There are numerous packs on the market designed with upper and lower straps to provided better weight distribution and support. A supportive sac will cause less strain and pain to the tissues in the lumbar region.

2. Use Proper Posture

Poor posture is one of the leading cause of back aches in students. When sitting at your desk or on furniture in your home, using the right body mechanics is important. Bad posture causes many short and long term back issues, especially in growing children. Teach your children how to sit properly, or ask your medical professional to educate your student on good sitting posture so there is less strain and discomfort on the tissues.

3. Stay Active 

It is important to move throughout the day. Students who spend most of their day sitting need to get up and move throughout the day so their muscles do not stiffen.  Get involved with sports ore spend time participating in a physical activity daily to keep the body healthy.

 4. Eat Healthy

Eating a proper, healthy diet is essential to make sure your body is getting the right nutrients. The healthier the tissues are, the stronger they will be.  Unhealthy bodies are more prone to illness or injury. Healthy foods will keep the tissues and bones strong.

5.  Visit Your Chiropractor

Regular visits to your chiropractor can help your spine stay strong through manual realignment. When the spinal column is aligned properly, the nervous system and vital organs work properly.  A chiropractic doctor can also catch any issues early and provide effective treatment so you will not have long term suffering.

At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our students stay healthy so they can enjoy a pain free school year.