For children’s development and brain health, movement is SO important, particularly during the school year.
During the summer and holiday seasons, they can run around, play, jump and be as active as they can. During the school year, they are sitting in desks for 7 or more hours per day. We know that being sedentary and sitting affects the health of our spine by increasing the compressive load through our lower back – whether we feel pain or not.
The way that schools are set up can be detrimental for young boys especially. Boys need to move more in order to learn because it is this movement that floods the brain with sensory input which affects our ability to retain information. Around exam time it is movement that is an incredibly powerful addition to optimise learning.
Studies have shown that:
- Strength training – body weight increases your memory retention for the next few hours. If you can walk and read/listen to a lecture that also improves retention.
- When you sit your brain can only focus for 30 minutes – if you are trying to learn something and you’ve been – moods improved, better retention and recall.
- Aerobic exercise – running, swimming, brisk walking, cycling, dancing can improve your problem solving!
As Chiropractors, we help to influence the nervous system by restoring function of the spine, allowing it to move and it is that movement which is vital in the health of the brain. Regular adjustments during the school year can be really beneficial in keeping them focused, calm and getting their brains functioning optimally.
A question we get a lot is why do we see toddlers and babies in practice?
When we are born, we have this incredible neurological potential for growth and development which affects how we move and think as we get older. These patterns and habits are influenced by our senses (what we see, hear, taste, smell, feel). The more we experience the same things, the stronger the connections become in our brain. Our brain grows exponentially in the first 2 years of life and whatever potential we haven’t utilised our brain can go through a pruning process – meaning we can lose brain cells as we grow and develop!