Back to school | What you need to know!
Valued Health Osteopathy
3/658 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, 3165
Here we are, 2021 and the kids are back to school. I think I can hear the collective sigh of relief from parents everywhere. Let’s hope that the 2021 school year is a relatively un-interrupted one!
Tips For Going Back To School!
So with kids returning to the classrooms let’s talk about what we can do to keep good health throughout the school year.
Returning to school is inevitably going to mean lots of hours spent at a desk or in front of a computer screen. Hopefully by now most if us have been able to set up an appropriate ergonomic work station at home, but after a long summer holiday break, we all might need some refreshing.
- Get up and move – Aim to stand up and move every 15-30 minutes for several minutes at a time.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule – Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away (approximately 6 meters) for 20 seconds.
- Let the chair do most of the work – Make sure you sit right back into your work chair. Try to avoid sitting on the edge of the chair.
- Have a clean work station – Don’t put your work between you and the keyboard.
- Computer screen – Your computer screen should be about an arms length away from you with the top of the screen at or above eye level.
- Posture 1 – Knees approximately at right angles, thighs parallel, feet resting evenly on the ground with your weight evenly distributed between your ‘sitbones’.
- Posture 2 – Imagine that a helium balloon is attached to the top of your head and is drawing you upright.
- Don’t overfill – If possible try to avoid over-filling your schoolbag by only carrying what you need. It’s recommended to keep the backpack to less than 15% of the body weight.
- Be cool and always wear both straps of the schoolbag.
- Adjust the straps – Make sure your school bag fits snug against the back and rests just above the waist and ensure the backpack is not larger than your childs back.
Some of my favourite stretches/exercises for returning to school include:
- Lying on a rolled up towel
- Pec stretches in a doorframe
- Childs pose
- Shoulder circles
- Trapezius stretch
- Levator Scapulae stretch
- Thoracic opening sidelying (open book)
We are excited to work with you and your family to make the 2021 school year a great one. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic on (03) 9570 9061.
As always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact one of our lovely reception staff or Osteopaths at the clinic on (03) 9570 9061 so we can help you Move, Grow and Thrive!
All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).
You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.
Valued Health Osteopathy offers:
Ergonomic Workstation Assessments
Strength & Conditioning
Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!
Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.
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