Back To School Time!

As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, the excitement of a new school year begins.  With the new school year, new teacher, new classroom and usually new activities, students and parents have to adjust to the changes.  Change is stress.  Sometimes good stress helping us grow and learn.  Sometimes bad stress causing us to be functioning at a less than optimal level.  Here are some tips from Dr. Helton to help you have a great school year.

  1.  Sleep! You don’t heal until you sleep so get plenty of good rest.  Most kids are not getting enough due to distractions like computers and TV.  Shut things off and hit the hay.  You’ll feel better and learn better.
  2. Eat “real” food.  I’m talking things not in a drive-thru or out of a plastic bag.  Avoid lots of sugar in the morning because you’ll crash hours before lunch.  Eat fat and proteins and you’ll fire up the brain and the body’s furnace for a day of school.
  3. Breathe!  Focus on breathing through your belly and not your shoulders. We tend to sit and take shallow breaths that cause us to feel tired and crave sugar and caffeine.
  4. Move!  Walk when you can.  Sitting in those hard desks or hard chairs or even the bleachers at sporting events compresses our spine and makes us stiff and sore.  Try to get up every 30 minutes or so.
  5. SIT UP STRAIGHT!!  The fastest growing complaint I see in my office is chronic neck, shoulder and back pain due to bad posture sitting at a desk or in front of a computer.  Keep your ears over your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips.

These things will help you cope with the stresses of a new school year and prevent posture related problems in the future.

Good luck and have a great year!!

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5224 75th Suite B
Lubbock, Texas 79424

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Dr. Helton is a unique Lubbock chiropractor who specializes in difficult cases that have not responded to other care. All treatment plans are highly individualized based on your specific history, needs and goals.

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We are located in Lubbock and serve the communities that reside in zip codes 79424, 79423, 79336, 79414 and 79407. However, we see patients from a large radius around Levelland, Lubbock, Slaton, and Brownfield because of the unique, customized treatment options we offer.