Study Time for Students
At this time of year, students are putting in long hours of study for their exams, and many could do better if they look after their posture while studying.
If you have students at home who are sitting final exams, here are a few tips from experienced chiropractor Dr Keith
Livingstone, who has been practicing since 1988.
Healthy Study Posture
First; make sure any computer screen is at just below eye-level when seated, so that it is easy to read the screen.
Second; avoid stooped seated postures that will tense up the muscles around your upper back and lower neck. Open up your upper chest and neck posture, breathe deeply and slowly, filling your upper lungs. Keep moving; we function better that way.
Plan Study Breaks
Third; study for only 20 to 25 minutes before getting up and stretching your shoulders, upper back and neck for a few minutes. Repeat the process, so that in any one-hour block you will have two effective bursts of study with two shorter, active breaks to keep your mind sharp. To keep your mind even sharper, spend those 25 productive minutes on totally separate subjects, and see how that strategy can work for you. If there’s extra work to be done you may be sharper later on in your study session, following a break from the grind.
Fourth; have a glass of water to sip from regularly while studying; the hydration will be good for your brain function.
Boost Your Brain Function
Before the major study time arrives, it could help if you get your child assessed by a chiropractor. There could be undetected problems that may hinder your child’s ability to function at his or her highest level.
Correction of spinal joint dysfunction and stiffness by a chiropractor can positively affect brain function, according to exciting recent research done by New Zealand neuroscientist and chiropractor, Dr Heidi Haavik-Taylor, published in the Journal of Neuroplasticity in 2016. (1)
“The latest study suggests that the changes that we see in the brain when we adjust the spine do occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain.” (2)
“We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. There’s now solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied. This last time it was studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher” said Dr Haavik-Taylor(2) See article below
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 Lelic, D, Niazi, IK, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewes, A and Haavik, H (2016), “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016 (2016).