With the end of term quickly approaching, many school children and students are busy preparing for those all-important exams. But hours upon hours of revision can take its toll – even more so when the pressure is on! According to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, a survey undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that 89% of 16-24 year olds who experience or have previously experienced significant neck or back pain, admit to feeling an increase in their symptoms when they’re stressed. *
Of course, examinations are a major cause of stress for many people within this age bracket, so it’s important to encourage students to take steps to reduce the chances of stress-associated back/ neck pain. With a massive 49% of 16 -24 year olds suffering from back or neck pain at least once a week, stress-associated symptoms should not be taken lightly.
Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent has the following simple tips for students as they prepare for their exams this end of term:
1: Sit Up
Make sure you always sit on a chair and work at a table when you’re revising (no matter how tempting the sofa or bed may seem!). The best way to sit to avoid back and neck pain is with your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades touching the chair’s back rest.
2: Take Breaks
Our chiropractor recommends working for no longer than 20-30 minutes without a break. When you do take a break, stretch and walk around a little – sitting at your desk checking your Facebook updates will not do your back any favours!
3: Unload Your Bag
Lugging a heavy bag around can wreck havoc with your back, so make sure you only carry the essential items that you need. Chiropractors generally recommend that a bag (with its contents) should weigh no more than 10 -15% of a person’s body weight. You’ll be surprised at how many items you accumulate throughout the day so check your bag every night for any unnecessary “load”.
Also, wear a bag with two straps so that the weight can be distributed evenly across your shoulders.
4: Drink Up!
It can be easy to forget to stay hydrated when your mind is focused on your revision but drinking lots of water will help your body and mind to work more efficiently. Keep a bottle of water at your desk when you’re revising and keep sipping regularly throughout the day.
Try implementing these simple changes to your exam preparation. After all, no-one wants to start the summer holidays with back and neck ache!
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From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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