It’s that time of year again…back to school! For kids, the end of the summer promises lots of new things…new clothes, new school supplies, new books, new teachers, and new routines. This school year, a new routine that you might want to consider for your child is a regular chiropractic adjustment. Whether your child is just starting kindergarten or entering their senior year of high school, there are lots of ways that chiropractic care can support their success in school. By offering both physical and mental health benefits, chiropractic care is a great way to keep your child energized and motivated from September to June!
Avoiding Illness by Improving Immunity
One of the most exciting things about going back to school is seeing old friends and making new ones — but spending every day in a classroom full of other kids also means that your child will constantly be exposed to germs. Most doctors agree that a little germ exposure is healthy and even necessary, so there’s no need to start bathing your child in hand sanitizer — but if your son or daughter is getting sick too often, it can start to interfere with their academic performance. Education research shows that missed school days are a major reason why kids fall behind, so it is important to keep absences to a minimum. Chiropractic care can help boost your child’s immune system, making them less likely to catch whatever bug is going around. That way, they won’t miss out on any of the fun of learning!
Making the Most of Playground Activity
Recess is technically a break from studies, but its importance should not be underestimated. For fast-growing elementary schoolers, outdoor exercise plays an essential role in healthy physical development. According to orthopedic experts, the running and jumping that kids do on the playground stresses their bones in a way that induces increases in bone density and bone strength — a phenomenon known as Wolff’s Law. However, problems can arise when there are structural imbalances in the body, because some bones receive too much force — making them prone to stress fracture — and some bone receive too little force — making them weaker than they should be, and more likely to fracture if your child takes a hard fall. A regular chiropractic adjustment can correct structural imbalances so that your child’s playground activities only contribute to healthy growth and development.
Preventing Injury in the Gym and on the Sports Field
A regular chiropractic adjustment can also help prevent injuries for middle and high school students involved in fall sports — whether your child is playing football, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, cheerleading, or even golf. As with younger children on the playground, Wolff’s Law applies: Maintaining biomechanical and structural balance can help prevent overuse injuries that arise from poor form in any of these sports. A regular chiropractic appointment can restore imbalances that could arise from a hard tackle or a rough jostle for the ball. Chiropractors can also recommend custom orthotics for runners who overpronate, and they can provide nutritional advice that helps hungry student athletes get the fuel they need to perform their best.
Boosting Brain Function and Concentration
A regular chiropractic appointment won’t guarantee that your child brings home a straight-A report card, but some studies suggest that chiropractic adjustments can increase brain function and improve left-right brain balance. This may be because spinal manipulation can improve circulation, ensuring that the blood is delivering oxygen and nutrients to all of the brain cells that need them. There are also studies suggesting that chiropractic care can reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), making it easier for students who suffer from this condition to concentrate on their school work and make the most of the time that they spend in the classroom.
Assisting with Stress Management
Even if your child is looking forward to the start of school, it can also be a source of stress. Anxiety may start early, in the form of first-day jitters, or it could arise as homework assignments pile up and the first set of midterm exams looms. School can also be a source of social stress, as children navigate relationships with peers and teachers. Again, chiropractic care may be able to help students manage stress more effectively. Recent research suggests that chiropractic care can increase alpha waves in the brain, which are responsible for relaxation. Therefore, a regular chiropractic adjustment may be able to help your child stay grounded amid the chaos of academic work, sports, and social life in school.
Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness provides chiropractic care for school kids of all ages — from kindergarteners to seniors in high school. To start your child’s school year off right, contact us today and schedule an appointment!