POSTURE TIPS FOR STUDENTS
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In the state of Illinois, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to choose physical therapy. Call 815.614.2100 today to treat your injury, improve your health, or resolve your chronic condition! SKIP THE DOCTOR! The benefits of good posture are more than just looking good, especially as a college student where you spend most of your time sitting down at a desk in the library or an uncomfortable chair in a lecture hall. No worries, though, we have your back and we have some tips for you to improve your posture without even trying. 1. Adjust your backpack: One of the reasons your back hurts is because the weight you carry on your backpack. The gap between your back and your backpack is what causes the stress to your back, though, which damages your posture at the end. To fix this, adjust your backpack handles so it can be as close to your back as possible to avoid your spine to curve excessively when carrying your backpack. 2. Unload your backpack: I know, I know, you have a biology exam tomorrow and you need to bring your chemistry book with you so you can do the lab properly. But carrying everything in your backpack and loading it with heavy school supplies is not good for your back or your posture. Leave the heavy supplies at your apartment and take a good walk home every time you need them (say yes to exercise!) or carry them in your hands. This will -literally- take weight from your back and will improve your posture. 3. Wear both stripes of your backpack: The cool kids walk around campus carrying their backpacks on just one shoulder, but the cool kids also have bad posture and back problems. Do not follow this trend, and use both straps of your backpack so the weight is evenly distributed on your back.
“When I first began physical therapy I couldn’t really understand why my doctor sent me to therapy before surgery. Not only is my knee more mobile, but my pain level is a lot better. My knee was so stiff, but with the exercises I was given, I feel so much better. I understand completely why my doctor recommended physical therapy before surgery. I have a wonderful outlook on what’s to come in my future for my condition. Thank you, Aaron and Jack for the needed assistance.“ - Nancy K.
Spinach & Egg Sweet Potato Toast Healthy Recipe
• 1 large slice sweet potato ( ¼ inch thick) • ⅓ cup cooked spinach
• 1 large egg, fried or poached • ½ tsp sliced fresh chives • ½ tsp hot sauce
DIRECTIONS Toast sweet potato in a toaster or toaster oven until just cooked through and starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Top with spinach, egg, chives and hot sauce.
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