There are plenty of things to keep in mind for both children and adults when it comes to heading back to school. If you know what to look out for and prepare for, you’ll be truly ready for all the back-to-school things headed your way.
Protect your back and neck health by being careful about the weight of your backpack, the strap type, and where the backpack is placed on your back.
If you’re looking to protect your health, organized sports are a wonderful way to stay in shape and have fun. It’s also important, however, to protect your body while you’re having fun—as you’re able, choose a non-contact sport so that you and your teammates won’t be at risk of contact injury when you’re playing. It’s also always a good idea to have gear that fits properly—particularly protective gear if you have chosen to participate in a contact sport.
Wear good shoes (with good insoles) and consider cross-training so you focus on different muscle groups from the ones you use while playing your sport of choice. When you cross-train, you can better prevent injury by strengthening the opposing muscles in a pair.
Back to school, and back to hitting the books—make sure your desk posture is good, and you’re able to sit comfortably. Don’t hunch over, and make sure you have enough support for your low back (lumbar). You can take care of this by using a small cushion or rolling up a towel to place behind your lumbar area.
Another item that’s important to take note of is the height of your desk and chair. Are you able to type and move the mouse comfortably? If not, adjust the height of your desk or your chair so that your elbows can be relatively close to your body.
When you’re working, resist the urge to hunch over your books, notebook, or computer. Keep your chin tucked, keep your shoulders back, and sit up straight.
Doing all of this will help you keep your back and neck comfortable.
Back to school means back to commuting, too. If you’re a cyclist, or you plan on biking to school, go through these steps to stay safe and comfortable on your ride:
After the summer is over and it’s time to head back to school, using these tips can help keep your back and neck feeling comfortable. Whether you’re preventing injury or re-injury, it’s important to know your body—if something is hurting you, make an appointment with Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland, OR so we can get to the heart of the issue.