Back to School Tips

Happy Healthy Back to school TipsWe all want our children to be happy and succeed in school. A successful school year begins with a success start to the school year.

Here are our ideas to help you prepare yourself, your children and your house for a great school year.

Reset internal sleep clocks

Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school.

Get your kids into bed 15 minutes earlier than their summer normal, and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well in advance of the first day.

Get organized

Reduce stress on the entire house by getting organized. Create a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.

Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.

Shop, but don’t over shop

Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.

A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.

Plan meals ahead of time

  • Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:
  • Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
  • Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
  • Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals

Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.

Appointments

Use the last few weeks of summer to take care of your child’s health. Taking care of doctor visits now (including your chiropractor!) will ease the stress of a new school year.

Getting into a well organized back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.

From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!

Your Children & Chiropractic Care

Kids chiropractor children Windsor On Dr Scott ColasantiOur goal as parents is to raise happy, healthy and active children. We’d like to offer you 6 reasons why regular chiropractic care is important for children of all ages.

Children are hard on their bodies

Whether your child is involved in sports or prefers to spend their time playing on mobile devices; their young bodies can be easily misaligned.

Growth

Your child’s body is in a constant state of change, and regular chiropractic care helps restore and maintain their body for optimum functioning, relieving tension and stress as their body changes.

Good habits start early

Good posture starts in childhood and last lasting benefits. Chiropractors can also encourage proper head positioning while on electronic devices.

Set a good example

When you utilize regular chiropractic care for yourself you and your children, you demonstrate the importance of good health: setting a life-long example of the importance of good self-care.

In sickness and in health

Removing interference from the nervous system helps your child’s body operate in its natural healthy state.

Better sleep and related benefits    

Our nerves affect every aspect of our body, and when there is interference it can result in sleep, concentration and even behavioural issues.

Overall good health

Our spine houses our nerves, and our nervous controls our whole body. Chiropractic care helps support nervous system functioning; which means your child’s entire body will benefit.

Everyone with a spine benefits from chiropractic care. Begin your child’s healthy journey today and call us to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544

Healthy and Happy Back to School Routine

3 happy girls in schoolMake it easy on yourself and your children by having a healthy back to school plan in place well before the first school day.

Taking the time to be well prepared in advanced will save your family time and stress when the first bell rings.

Reset internal sleep clocks

Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school. Children need proper sleep for them to function at their best and if their summer wake up time is off from their school wake up time, your kids will suffer when they return to school.

Get your kids into bed and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well before the school year begins.

Get organized

School can be stressful for not just the kids but for parents as well. Spend time creating a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.

Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.

Shop, but don’t over shop

Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.

A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.

Plan meals ahead of time

Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:

  • Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
  • Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
  • Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals

Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.

Getting into a well organized and healthy back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.

From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!

Healthy Parents, Healthy Children

Children and Chiropractic care Windsor Ontario Huron Chuch ChiropracticWe all know that children follow the example set by their parents. Are you setting a good example?

Life affords no greater responsibility, no great privilege then the raising of the next generation. – C. Everett Koop

Healthy habits that begin in childhood will create a foundation for a lifetime of good health.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Involve your children in creating your family’s wellness lifestyle. Teach them why healthy choices are important. Be proactive in your pursuit of good health and your children will learn and follow.

Include regular chiropractic care for your children into their health routine. Children benefit from chiropractic care at any age and during all stages of development.

How do children benefit from chiropractic care?

Aside from helping with the aches, pains and injuries of active children, improved nerve functioning can help many of the following common childhood conditions as ‘fringe benefit’ of chiropractic care:

  • Headaches, ear infections, ear aches and sore throats
  • Colds, flu and allergies
  • Constipation
  • Growing pains
  • Scoliosis
  • Bed wetting, sleep problems and anxiety

In this very influential time in your child’s life, set a good example and be proactive about your and their health: Please call us to book and appointment or to learn more about chiropractic care for children – 519-258-8544

Backpacks 101: Pack it Light, Wear it Right

It is that time of year once again… the carefree days of summer slowly turn into the routine of waking up early, packing lunches and helping with homework. As you and your children scan the weekly flyers for the best deals and latest trends in preparation for the upcoming year, consider that one of their most coveted school supplies—the backpack—can actually pose a risk to their health.

Backpacks - Wear them right and light Windsor Ontario ChiropractorI can still remember the excitement of going to the store to pick out a new backpack. I remained focused on choosing the coolest colour, design or even character, that would be adorning my back for the year to come. After those crucial details were decided, the last thing to consider was if the backpack would be big enough to stuff my jacket into, and of course, how cool it would look hanging from one shoulder. Little did I know that there was more to choosing the right backpack than just colour or design, and that the two straps served an important purpose. The truth is, if you or your children do not know exactly how to choose, load, lift and wear backpacks properly, these all-important accessories can be a pain in the back. Literally.

 A majority of chiropractors report that overloaded backpacks are a common contributor to back and neck pain in school aged children.*

By the end of their teen years, at least 50% of youth experience at least one significant episode of low back pain. Are backpacks contributing to this? The way in which you carry a backpack becomes a postural habit, and often a poor posture habit. Injuries are common and even in the absence of injury the repetitive and incorrect use of a backpack can lead to long term complications. For instance, carrying a heavy backpack on one shoulder leads to a load that is unevenly or improperly distributed by the back resulting in poor posture (leaning to the opposite side); this posture can eventually distort the spinal column to the point that its alignment is compromised. This can further cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.

Here are a few tips for choosing, loading, lifting and wearing backpacks correctly.

Choosing the Right Backpack:

Your backpack should:

  • Be proportionate to your child’s body – The top of the bag should not extend higher than the top of the shoulder, and the bottom should not fall below the hip bone.
  • Be made of lightweight material – such as vinyl or canvas
  • Have padded shoulder straps at least two inches wide that can be adjusted so they are not too snug around the arms and under the armpits.
  • Have a padded back
  • Have a hip strap or waist belt – A waist strap helps to effectively redistribute as much as 50 to 70 per cent of the weight off the shoulders and spine onto the pelvis. This will equalize the strain on the bones, joints and muscles.
  • Have several individual pockets to also help redistribute weight.

Packing it Properly:

Too often backpacks are overloaded to weights that can be as much as 40 lbs. Continually lifting and carrying this amount of weight as a child can place unnecessary stresses on the neck, shoulders and lower back. Therefore, first make sure that your child is only packing what they need, and when packing remember that:

  • Maximum Backpack Weight Chart for ChildrenBackpacks shouldn’t exceed 15% of a child’s weight. For example, if your child weighs 50 lbs, his or her backpack pack should not weigh more than 7.5 lbs.
  • Weight should be evenly distributed – use those extra pockets!
  • Pack the heaviest items closest to the body
  • Pack odd-shaped items on the outside
  • Only carry items that are needed

Putting the Backpack on and Wearing it Right:

It is probably best to help young children with this task at least the first few times. Place the backpack on a flat surface at the waist height of the child. Slide both shoulder straps on one at a time and then tighten them to fit comfortably. You should be able to slide your hand between the backpack and your child’s back. This positioning will reduce the strain on his or her neck, shoulders and back. Again, remember to:

  • Always wear both shoulder straps – A backpack should never be worn on one shoulder as this causes too much strain on the neck and shoulder and is implicated in long-term musculoskeletal problems.
  • Adjust the straps so the pack fits snugly
  • Use the waist straps
  • Squat or kneel to pick up the bag if placed on the ground
  • Lift with the knees and avoid excessive twisting or bending

It is important to know that injuries or even poor posture can be easily avoided with attention to something as simple as your child’s backpack. If your child does complain of back pain, numbness or weakness in his or her arms and legs, please see your health care provider/chiropractor to help correct their condition and prevent future problems.

Remember to pack-it-light and wear-it-right. Have a great 2013-2014 school year!

Reference:

* Spine 1998; 23:228-34