Precision PT: Back to School

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INSIDE: • Back To School Tips: Backpack Safety • How To Improve Your Child’s Nutrition • Patient Spotlight

PREPARING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON!

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BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS: BACKPACK SAFET Y Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems. Loading the backpack: • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds.

Wearing the backpack: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a backpack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. • Select a backpack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the backpack fits snugly on the child’s back. A backpack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles.

• Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back (the back of the backpack).

• Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the backpack’s weight more evenly.

• Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack.

• The bottom of the backpack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline. • School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size backpack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.

• Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities.

• If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the backpack.

• Only put items in your backpack that you need for the day.

• If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.

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Ensure your kids drink plenty of water Dehydration can lead to a system overload. Our thinking becomes cloudy, energy diminishes, cell activity becomes sluggish and elimination becomes stagnant. Sending your kids to school with 1-2 water bottles daily is one of the easiest and healthiest options. Adding freshly squeezed lemon and lime can add flavor and aids in digestion. Make sure children get enough sleep Growing children need sleep, although they will beg to differ with you! It is vital to their mood, behavior and attention. Children aged 6-13 need about 9-11 hours of sleep a night. To help your children get a good night’s sleep, help instill a regular bedtime routine, ensure the TV, computer, video games and cell phone are out of your child’s bedroom and that the room is as dark as possible. Essential oils, such as lavender, can help to release tension and allow for relaxation as well. The lunchtime sandwich may be the standard option, but let’s face it: Slapping the same smears onto bread — day after day, week after week — can leave kids and parents a little bored. Hummus and Pita Plate Nine out of 10 kids love a good smear of hummus. Why not make it the star of the show? Pack with: Salami, olives, carrots, baby tomatoes, and grapes. (Note that dipping is easier and less messy if you pack the hummus in a separate container.) How To Improve Your Child’s Nutrition

Using these back-to-school nutrition tips, you can set the tone for the school year and support your child’s health, happiness and success. Wishing all kids a wonderful first week back to school!

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“I was experiencing unusual and debilitating pain in my neck and shoulders for a couple of months. It was so severe, my physician put me on heavy duty pain medication and sent me to a cervical spine specialist. Iwas given an MRI of the cervical spine,which showed no majorproblem. However, aftervisiting medical doctors and mychiropractor, itwas suggested I tryphysical therapy. I made an appointmentwith Precision PhysicalTherapyand had an evaluation and followed their course of therapy for approximately 20 visits and by the end ofmytherapy, I am happyto report, Iwas pain free and offall medication! I would highly recommend Precision Physical Therapy to anyone.” - C.W. “I was a patient at Precision Physical Therapy due to a terrible automobile accident. I was able to get relief from horrible headaches and severe leg cramping.The staff isvery friendlyand flexible scheduling made myrecovery faster than I expected. If I have future injuries Precision Physical Therapy Wellness will be who I contact.” - J.W. PAT I ENT SPOTL IGHTS

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“I was getting ready to go to Italy and complained to my doctor about my extreme motion sickness. I just didn’t think I could manage but didn’t want to pass up on this trip. My doctor referred me to Precision Physical Therapy Louisville on Taylorsville Road. I didn’t see how physical therapy was going to help, but I was happily amazed. Millie did eye exercises and balance exercises and showed me what to do at home. I was treated for about two weeks. I was gone 15 days and every day I did something that in the past would have made me sick: taxi cabs weaving through traffic, bad roads, docks that moved up and down, busses, subways, boats, ships, trains, etc. I was not sick or even nauseated even once. I couldn’t believe it! I am so grateful to them for the help. I will continue to do as Millie suggested and would recommend them without hesitation. The staff was friendly and personable as well and I was able to go before work as they have a variety of hours to fit in with work times.” - Ann T., Louisville EXERCISE ESSENTIALS TRY THIS EXERCISE TO HELP STRENGTHEN YOUR KNEES AND LOOSEN LOWER BACK

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