Ergonomics for Kids: Part 1 Healthy Habits for Students to Practice at School
During this week, many Australian kids will pack their books, polish their shoes and head back to school, ready for the school year ahead. However, children don’t often think about the impact that common classroom activities can have on their overall health and wellbeing. Sitting for long periods of time, carrying a heavy bag, and excessive screen time can all have negative impacts on their health if not supported by healthy habits.
As chiropractors, we commonly treat neck pain and back pain as a result of unhealthy habits that developed at a young age. We encourage children to follow these healthy habits in school and at home to promote optimal and long-lasting spinal health.
Five Healthy Habits for Students
1. Wear Backpack Correctly
With so much that goes into a child’s backpack, it’s essential that they are carried and packed correctly. Always wear it with both straps, adjust the bag to the correct height and ensure only the essentials are packed. Wearing a heavy backpack for a long time can cause strain in your child’s neck, back and shoulders.
2. Maintain Good Posture
With kids spending a large chunk of their day in a classroom, it’s important they try to maintain good posture by keeping a good curve in their lumbar spines and avoid slouching in their shoulders. Consciously aiming to sit in 90-degree angles gives your child more core strength and stability, and also can make handwriting feel more comfortable.
3. Limit Screen Time
Although technology and smart devices are a part of modern learning, try to reduce recreational screen time to two hours every day or at least maintain a balance between screen and non-screen related activities. Too much screen time can not only negatively impact the eyes and cause headaches, but it can also lead to poor posture as well as chronic neck, shoulder and back pain.
4. Eat a Nutritious Diet
Maintaining a nutritious diet is important at any age, but especially for growing and developing children. Eating a balanced, healthy diet is essential to keep kids alert in the classroom and active in the playground.
5. Enough Physical Activity
Getting enough physical activity is key for a child’s wellbeing, so as a guide, kids should try and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
See Us to Discuss These Healthy Habits for Students
As a community, it is important that we support children and educate them to make the right decisions about their health and wellbeing. Chiropractors can provide you with advice and assistance in implementing these healthy habits for students into your child’s daily activity. Chiropractors can also assist with fitting your child’s backpack to suit their current level of development. If you would like more health tips or to make a booking, get in touch, we would love to help you and your family.