Back to school tips: Are your kids practising these healthy habits in school?

Back to school tips Mount Waverley Chiropractor

Back to school tips. Starting the school year many of our young patients or children of our patients will pack their books, polish their shoes and head back to school, ready for the year ahead. However, kids don’t often think about the impact that common classroom activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag and excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing.

As part of the Australian Chiropractors Association’s Back to School campaign, Waverley Chiropractic Centre here in Mount Waverley is encouraging Aussie kids to adopt positive spinal health habits.

These habits include:

  • Carrying a backpack correctly with both straps, adjusting it to the correct height and ensuring only the essentials are packed, with heavier items to the back of the bag to reduce weight.
  • Maintaining good posture when sitting in a classroom by keeping their shoulders back and relaxed with both feet firmly on the floor.
  • Trying to reduce recreation screen time to two-hours every day.
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet and staying hydrated, helping kits to keep kids active in the playground and alert in the classroom.
  • Getting enough physical activity is key for a child’s wellbeing, so as a guide, kids should try and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Let’s help kids practise these positive spinal health habits this back to school season and all year round.

I welcome you to make an appointment for more advice and assistance on implementing these positive health habits into your child’s daily activity.

We are even able to assist with fitting your child’s backpack to suit their current level of development. Contact us at Waverley Chiropractic Centre to book your appointment.

For more information on these tips and the Back to School campaign, visit backtoschool.org.au  

Chiropractic Care for Children

chiropractic care for children

Mount Waverley chiropractor from Waverley Chiropractic Centre shares on a recent review on chiropractic care for children. Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained, and are government registered and regulated healthcare professionals. In Australia, the chiropractic profession is well established, with over 300,000 visits to chiropractors each week. Approximately 30,000 of these visits are children under the age of 18 years.

Safer Care Victoria Review

In March 2019, the Victorian Health Minister tasked Safer Care Victoria (SCV) to lead an independent review of the practice of spinal manipulation on children under 12 years. SCV wished to hear from parents of children who have accessed chiropractic care, exploring their experiences, both positive and negative.

Of the Submissions from the Public…

  • 21,824 submissions in total – the largest of any public stakeholder engagement
  • 99.7% reported a positive experience with chiropractic care of their children
  • 98% said that chiropractic care helped their child, indicating improvement after treatment
  • 99.1% indicated they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with information provided by the chiropractor about the benefits of treatment
  • 95.8% stated they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the information provided about the risk of treatment
  • 68.9% reported that they had also consulted with a GP about the problem

Safety

In Australia, there has never been a serious adverse event reported in the literature or in insurance claims, involving the care of a child by a chiropractor. This is despite the fact that there have been an estimated 12-15 million visits by children to chiropractors in the last 20 years.

The evidence of harm is low because chiropractors modify their techniques to suit the age and developmental stage of the patient across the lifespan.

Evidence of Effectiveness

SCV also performed a systematic review of the evidence of effectiveness for chiropractic care of children. High level evidence does not currently exist for many commonly used paediatric health interventions, including spinal manipulation.

The situation is different for adult care, where spinal manipulation for conditions such as low back and neck pain, rate moderate to high level evidence.

Evidence was found to be positive but inconclusive for some conditions, such as colic and bed wetting. For the other conditions:

– headache, asthma, otitis media, cerebral palsy, hyperactivity, and torticollis – the SCV review found there was no high level evidence that spinal manipulation was effective for children under 12 years.

SCV recommended allocation of funding for further research that may further clarify the role chiropractors have to play with paediatric health care.

For more information on the COAG and SCV process visit chiro.org.au/coag

Straighten Up, this School Year

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre it’s that time of the year again and as you start your back to school preparations, I would like to encourage you to be mindful of your child’s spinal heath this new school year.

The back to school period is a great time to check the fitting of your child’s backpack and by making a few simple changes, can prevent poor posture and long-term spinal health issues.

Some of the signs of poor posture to look out for from an incorrectly worn backpack can include: forward head posture, slouching and uneven hips. Identifying and stopping these signs early on is important as the spine is still developing during the adolescent years.1

Avoiding back to school backache is easy with these simple tips on how to wear a backpack correctly:

Size: make sure the backpack is appropriately sized and no wider than your child’s chest

Weight: backpacks should ideally be no heavier than 10 per cent of a student’s weight when packed. Some of the ways to keep the weight of the load down is by packing only essential items and storing unrequired items in a school locker.

Straps: both shoulder straps (preferably padded) should always be worn. Make sure to secure the sternum, waist and compression straps.

Position: the backpack shouldn’t be worn any lower than the hollow of the lower back with all heavy items positioned at the base of the pack, closest to the spine

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) together with Spartan School Supplies and Macquarie University (NSW), joined forces to research and develop the ‘Chiropak’. This durable, functional and comfortable backpack is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of neck and back pain associated with the carriage of heavy loads. Find out more about the Spartan Chiropak at www.bit.ly/CAAChiropak

I invite you to make an appointment at our clinic this back to school period for more advice and assistance on selecting the right backpack, making sure it is fitted correctly to suit your child’s current level of development and to receive a free posture scan.

Visit www.waverleychiro.com.au or book online at https://goo.gl/cf1aqG

Keep moving with Chiropractic

Keep moving with 50%off Chiropractic offer from Waverley Chiropractic Centre. Thinking about seeing a Chiropractor? Back pain, neck pain, headaches? With over 22 years experience Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering 50% off your 1st visit for the month of October. Situated at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley within Healthy Energy, you can book online 24/7 at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364.

The offer involves 50% off your 1st consultation, so instead of $80 it is $40. It includes a thorough history and examination, explanation of your problem is and how chiropractic may be able to help and treatment is started on the same visit if chiropractic care is deemed suitable for your presenting condition. Otherwise chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich will refer you to another health professional. A digital posture scan will also be included in your 1st visit.

This is a limited offer that finishes 31st October 2017 and is being offered as Waverley Chiropractic Centre celebrates 1 year of service to the Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Mulgrave and Wheelers Hill local community. Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich started practice in Glen Waverley 22 years ago with his father and chiropractor Dr James Beovich. He then moved to Fiji for 4 years and practised chiropractic there on the outer islands and the mainland. He’s been back in Melbourne since 2000 and started Waverley Chiro last year within Healthy Energy at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

 

Glen Waverley Chiropractor October Offer

Thinking about seeing a Chiropractor? Back pain, neck pain, headaches? With over 22 years experience Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering 50% off your 1st visit for the month of October. Situated at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley within Healthy Energy, you can book online 24/7 at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364.

The offer involves 50% off your 1st consultation, so instead of $80 it is $40. It includes a thorough history and examination, explanation of your problem is and how chiropractic may be able to help and treatment is started on the same visit if chiropractic care is deemed suitable for your presenting condition. Otherwise chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich will refer you to another health professional. A digital posture scan will also be included in your 1st visit.

This is a limited offer that finishes 31st October 2017 and is being offered as Waverley Chiropractic Centre celebrates 1 year of service to the Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Mulgrave and Wheelers Hill local community. Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich started practice in Glen Waverley 22 years ago with his father and chiropractor Dr James Beovich. He then moved to Fiji for 4 years and practised chiropractic there on the outer islands and the mainland. He’s been back in Melbourne since 2000 and started Waverley Chiro last year within Healthy Energy at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

 

Neck pain, headaches with school

Neck pain and headaches due to school-related activities appears to be on the increase according to Glen Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich. The cause seems to be the use of laptops, tablets and phones by students. With the start of the new school year it’s a good time to get the use of this technology right now.

 

This technology is definitely good and valuable for the student to use, however excessive use and poor posture may contribute to neck pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort. The underlying cause is forward head posture.

 

Forward head posture increases the pressure and strain being placed on your neck joints, muscles and ligaments. Over time this may lead to discomfort across the shoulders, neck pain and even headaches.

 

3 simple tips to help avoid this.:

  1. Limit the use – regular breaks away from the screen
  2. Raise the device up – lift the device up higher to decrease the time and angle of looking down
  3. Stretch – do the opposite. Look up, bring the shoulders back and do some shoulder shruga and rolls.

 

Technology is beneficial but for young spines it’s best to get into good habits now. For a free spinal or backpack check-up for your student, contact Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley now on 88395364 or book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au . Check out our Youtube channel or facebook page.

5 tips on wearing a school backpack

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre located at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley we are offering free backpack check-ups for all school kids up until the end of February.

The end of January is a busy time in our household as 6 kids get ready for the new school year. Making sure that backpacks fit properly is an essential part of getting ready for the year.

Heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children. We have your back with these handy 5 backpack tips.

Tip 1: Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine

The closer the weight of the school backpack is to the spine, the less the load that is put onto your childs’ back thus helping to reduce the chance of discomfort or back pain. Ideally the backpack and contents should be less than 10% of your childs’ body weight. That’s not much! So encourage your child to take the minimum to and from school.

Tip 2: Make sure to do all the zips up

Apart from stopping to allow items to  fall out, zipping up your bag will decrease the space from the outer part of your backpack to your back, therefore decreasing the strain on your spine.
Tip 3: Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps

These straps are there for a reason! They help to compress your bag and also give stability whilst walking, avoiding unnecessary stress onto your childs’ back.
Tip 4: Always use both shoulder straps

More and more kids are doing this now, which is great. It helps to distribute the weight evenly through your childs’ back.
Tip 5: Don’t wear below the hollow of the lower back

This is a major problem. It may look trendy but it also puts extra strain onto your childs’ back. You may want to cut off the straps so your child can’t wear the bag around their bottom!!

For more information on maintaining a healthy spine or to book a backpack check-up, please visit the Waverley Chiropractic Centre website at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364. Check our Youtube clip on these tips here.

Don’t let school be a pain in the back

It’s almost school time again! As parents begin preparations to send children back to school, Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverely would like to remind them that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children.

Spinal health problems can often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain or “growing pains” need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child.

When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back. Otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine.

School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development.

Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks, sports and other gear or simply do not wear them correctly.

Next up I’ll be bringing you 5 simple tips for wearing a backpack and how chiropractic may help your child.

There are up to 300,000 patient visits to Australian chiropractors each week. Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractic is a low risk profession with an enviable safety record in Australia, a result of evidence based care delivered by five year university educated healthcare professionals.

For more information on maintaining a healthy spine, please visit the Waverley Chiropractic Centre website at www.waverleychiro.com.au