We recently heard about a new book being published called, “The Night Before Wellness” by David Kolowski. It is an educational picture book that teaches kids what to expect and what the benefits are of chiropractic care, as well as overall wellness health. By introducing kids to chiropractic care at such a young age, and in an accessible way, it provides a sense of hope that they will take on wellness practices at their own will.
There are so many kids with phones and tablets nowadays, thus leading to the un-popularly coined term, ‘text neck’. Text neck refers to the rounding of the back and neck that occurs when people are hunched over a device. The unnatural and straining curvature of the spine and neck that occurs in this position puts people at risk for a lot of injury and long-term pain. It’s become very clear that our screens are not going anywhere. In fact, they’re increasing in numbers and usage daily. Many schools have gotten rid of all textbooks and fully rely on monitors for homework and assignments, even tests. By providing children with an understanding of the dangers of poor posture and lack of self-care, it gives hope to the wellness industry that the next generation will find value in its benefits.
Chiropractic care does not need to be a lofty, inaccessible practice either. More and more healthcare providers and insurance coverage plans are taking the importance of chiropractic care into consideration. It is a practice that is good for everyone – children, teenagers, adults, elderly, injured, disabled, pregnant women, athletes and more. Everyone could see improvements in their everyday movements with the help of routine adjustments. Just this year, two bills were passed in support of chiropractic care, and studies continue to grow and be proven on how the practice helps with so many illnesses and injuries.
There are also simple fixes to add into your life that could complement a chiropractic care practice, especially if you don’t get adjusted once or more than once a month. Simply having good posture is the easiest way to maintain a healthy spine. Avoid rounding down on the couch, or reading in bed. Try not to use your phone with ‘text neck’ as much as possible and use your legs when lifting heavy objects or making repetitive crouching and standing motions. Giving kids these reminders could drastically change the course of their health lives. If a child grows up looking down all the time, what do you think will happen when they get older? They will not magically straighten out and have a healthy back. A healthy spine is a commitment and an everyday decision. Even just the way we drive, cook and eat can change our spine health.
If you have questions about chiropractic care, whether it be the benefits of it or about our payment options, please give us a call. Dr. Stover would love to meet you!