Back To School with Chiropractic Care | Helping Teachers and Students with Good Posture

Back To School with Chiropractic Care | Helping Teachers and Students with Good Posture

Monday, January 29, 2024

As education becomes increasingly digitised, students spend more time in front of screens. This prolonged exposure, coupled with less-than-optimal classroom ergonomics, can significantly impact spinal health. Understanding the effects of extended screen time and suboptimal ergonomic conditions is the first step toward addressing these concerns. Here’s your guide for students seeking optimal study environments without compromising their spinal health!

How Can Chiropractic Care Help

Tailoring solutions for students through chiropractic care

Chiro care offers a tailored approach to address the unique issues students face of poor posture in the classroom. Whether it's the strain from leaning over school-desks or the effects of extended sitting during lectures, chiropractors can provide personalised adjustments to promote optimal spinal alignment. These adjustments are designed not only to alleviate discomfort but to support overall well-being.

Tips For the Classroom From a Chiropractor

The physical demands of teaching and learning

Maintaining spinal health and overall well-being is crucial for students who spend long hours in the classroom. Here are some tips, including chiropractic care recommendations, to support students in achieving optimal health while at school:

  1. Ergonomic Seating: Sit in chairs that provide proper lumbar support to maintain the natural curve of the spine. Use cushions or lumbar rolls if needed to support the lower back. 
  2. Correct Desk Height: Adjust the height of desks and chairs to ensure proper alignment and reduce strain on the neck and shoulders as well as back pain. Feet should be flat on the floor, and knees should be at a 90-degree angle.
  3. Digital Devices: Most students, especially in primary and secondary, use iPads or tablets for their lessons both at school and home. Using a small screen can put strain on eyes and backs even for children. Make sure tablets are set up so screens are at eye level and can be used with ease. Avoid sitting on the floor when using these digital devices as it can cause back and headaches in some children. 
  4. Take Breaks: Encourage short breaks to stretch and move around. Simple stretches can help prevent stiffness and improve blood circulation. Incorporate quick exercises or movements to engage different muscle groups. Keeping kids alert in the classroom can help promote their awareness for proper posture.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain overall health and support spinal discs. Staying hydrated also helps keeps headaches at bay.
  6. Proper Lifting Techniques: Teach students proper techniques for lifting heavy backpacks and objects to avoid straining the back. Use both shoulder straps on backpacks and distribute weight evenly. 
  7. Backpack Awareness: Ensure that backpacks are not excessively heavy. The weight should not exceed 10-15% of the student's body weight. Organise the backpack to distribute weight evenly and use both shoulder straps.
  8.  Good Posture Habits: Emphasise the importance of maintaining good posture while sitting and standing. Remind students to avoid slouching and to keep their shoulders relaxed.
  9. Chiropractic Check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups to address any spinal misalignments or discomfort. Chiropractors can provide adjustments and recommend exercises to improve spinal health.
  10.  Stretching Exercises: Integrate simple stretching exercises into the daily routine to promote flexibility and reduce muscle tension. Neck stretches, shoulder rolls, and seated spinal twists can be done discreetly in the classroom.
  11. Eye Care: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Adjust screen brightness and maintain an appropriate distance from computer screens.
  12. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Encourage a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep to support overall well-being. Healthy lifestyle habits contribute to the overall health of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
  13. Communicate with Teachers: Teachers can play a role in creating an ergonomic classroom environment. Share concerns about seating and desk arrangements to ensure optimal spinal support. Consider asking your chiropractor for a doctor’s note specifying any needs for your child to help them in the classroom.

Parental Involvement Can Help Your Child

Fostering a supportive study environment

The role of parents in creating a supportive study environment cannot be overstated. From ensuring proper desk setups to encouraging breaks for movement and stretches, parents play a crucial role in fostering habits that support their children's spinal health. Collaborative efforts between parents and chiropractors contribute to a holistic approach to students' well-being.

By incorporating these tips into a student's daily routine, educators and parents can contribute to the maintenance of overall spinal health and wellbeing. Regular communication with healthcare professionals, including chiropractors, can provide additional guidance and support. Make sure to talk to your children about their day at school and how they spend their time on devices. Some children may find it hard to communicate when they are in pain. Their behaviour may show as being sensitive or some may tend to fall quiet with glaze over their eyes. Keep track of your child’s patterns and triggers so you stay on top of their pain before it gets too much for them.

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In conclusion, achieving straight A's for your spine is a worthwhile endeavour. By integrating chiro care, desk exercises, and creating a supportive study environment, students can maintain optimal posture throughout their academic journey. This approach not only supports spinal health but also contributes to a more focused, comfortable, and successful educational experience. As you embark on your academic endeavours, remember that prioritising your posture is an investment in both your immediate and long-term well-being.

If your child is struggling with posture at school or you’re a teacher wanting to take care of your students health, consider booking an appointment with us as your local chiropractor, Centenary Chiropractic Centre, for Camira and surrounding areas. Give us a call on 073381 0440 or book online here at

Dr. Steve Hodal is committed to providing high-quality, individualized chiropractic care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. He is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs, allowing them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Contact us to know more about this disorder or Book Online.