(This week’s post was written by Melissa Andrews, one of our senior paediatric specialists.)
It is often said that children can learn at optimal levels only if they are healthy. So, can pain affect attention span?
Back to school back pains
With summer break coming to an end, lets ensure we kick off term pain free. Back to school for some may result in longer hours sitting static at a desk, not to mention the extra weight of a school bag. Being more static with a decrease in activity and increase load (heavy school bag) can result in all sorts of aches and pains. Addressing the issues early on in term should alleviate pain sooner, not only decreasing the number of visits required but also preventing ongoing concern through term.
How can osteopathy help?
A decrease in activity can lead to less spinal which may result in an increase in muscle tightness and joint stiffness. Poor ergonomics at school desk and while carrying heavy bags to and from school each day will also certainly have a negative impact on optimal functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathy can help to gently release restrictions and increase joint mobility, as well as provide simple take home tips and advice on how to maintain better spinal health to avoid or manage any further irritations that may arise.
What to expect?
A comprehensive discussion of your child’s past and present history, followed by a thorough examination and open discussion of the diagnosis. If appropriate Osteopathic treatment may include soft tissue massage, stretching and joint mobilisation techniques. You are your child will be continually informed through out the consultation on what to expect and how you can help manage your symptoms at home to maximise comfort and minimise number of visits.
Tips for now:
- Carry bag on both shoulders, rather than across one
- Avoid crossing legs or rocking back on chair in class
- Sit at desk or table to do homework rather than lying in bed
- Avoid slouching in the couch of an evening after school
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