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Now that the kids are back to school it is time for homework!

Whether they have a lot or a little, it is important that they study with a good posture.

If they are just starting to have homework then it is an ideal time to get into good habits, or if they are already used to homework then a good desk set up is a handy thing for them to learn.

Not only will it enable them to study with less stress on their muscles and joints, they should be able to focus more if they are not uncomfortable. Since most of us are likely to use a computer at some points in our working lives it will also get them into good habits for the future.

My Top Three Tips to Studying without Neck and Back Pain are:

1. Have a set place to study

whether this is the kitchen table or desk in their room. It is better for their posture and their homework if they have a comfortable place to work.

2. Check the desk set up

If your child is using a computer or laptop then make sure it is set up correctly. This will minimise the stress and strain on their muscles and joints.

3) Regular Breaks

If they are spending a long time doing homework then make sure they take regular breaks every 20 minutes or so.

Whilst we have touched on desk setup whilst using computers or laptops it is worthwhile talking about posture whilst using ‘screens’.

Whether your child is using tablets, laptops or games consoles, it is a good idea to check what kind of posture they have whilst using these devices.

If they are using laptops do get them to sit at a table in a good position and never let them use them on their laps.

If they are using games consoles such as playstations or xbox then try and get them to sit in well a supported chair and not slouching too much on sofas, chairs or bean bags.

The issue I see with tablets is that we tend to bring our heads down towards them. This puts a lot of strain on the muscles and joints of our necks. Which can lead to headaches and neck pain. Try to encourage your children to bring the tablet up to their head height.

Of course however good your child’s posture is it is important that they take regular breaks from whatever ‘screen’ they are focusing on. This will not only get their muscles and joints moving but will benefit their overall health and fitness as well.

If your child is suffering from aches and pains in their neck, back or is having headaches and this lasts for more than two weeks, or is very painful for them, then it is worth getting it checked out by a healthcare professional. I offer a free 20 minute chiro chat where we can discuss your child’s aches and pains and see if Chiropractic care is right for them.

Warm Wishes,

Rosie Piercy

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