Teachers do a lot in a day. They stand for long periods, stoop and bend, pick up children, carry stacks of papers, and sit for long periods while they grade papers. It’s no wonder that so many teachers end up with aching backs! While low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide, it’s easy to see how teachers may be more susceptible to experiencing it.
Chiropractic care can help keep teachers standing upright and moving about – as well as other great benefits. A teacher with back pain can’t be as effective as if they weren’t in pain, making it harder to do their job. Regular chiropractic care can help offset what their body goes through in a day and relieves the pain so they can do what they love – shape young minds.
Teaching is a demanding profession. The typical teacher arrives at school before it starts (usually between 6:30 am, and 7:30 am), and they don’t leave until well after the last bell has rung (often between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm). They grade exams during their vacations and spend hours preparing lessons, quizzes, activities, and tests. In middle and high school, they teach five or six classes a day which means a lot of talking and a lot of standing. Combine the stress with the job’s physical demands, and it’s no wonder aching feet and backs are the banes of a teacher’s existence.
Several studies have explored the effects of the physical demands that are put upon a teacher. One study analyzed the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in special education teachers and teachers’ aides. It found that the three areas most affected were the wrist, shoulder, and back. It found that 86% of the teachers who participated had physical pain and musculoskeletal condition. Another study examined teachers in a municipal school network in Brazil. It found that:
A third study that assessed teachers in Malaysia reported that 62.5% of the teachers surveyed complained of low back pain.
Several studies show that chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for back pain. The chiropractor will perform spinal manipulation to bring the spine (and body) into proper alignment. He may also offer advice on exercises, stretching, and ways to improve posture and recommend lifestyle changes and what to look for in supportive shoes. Chiropractic’s whole-body approach not only helps relieve back pain but also helps prevent it as well.
While less back pain is great news for teachers, there are other benefits they can reap from chiropractic as well. That’s because it doesn’t focus solely on the back or pain; it looks at the whole body. Every day teachers put a lot of stress on their bodies, bending over to help a child with their work, standing to give a lecture, sitting for hours grading papers, and reaching to write on the blackboard. All of this can take a toll on the body, not just physically but also in other ways. It can result in headaches, insomnia, and even frequent illness. A chiropractor can address all those things and make recommendations regarding lifestyle and diet, and spinal manipulation.
This allows the patient to gain whole-body benefits from chiropractic.
If you are a teacher, chiropractic care is one of the best ways you can be good to yourself – and you deserve it.
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