The exam period can be a stressful time for many students: Long periods of revision hunched over a book, computer or notes and then the exams themselves, with hours of focused concentration.
Consumer research (2017) by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that 37% of 16-24 year olds have struggled with back or neck pain in the past.
Our Chiropractor, Stuart Bennett says:
“The pressures of assignments and studies mean that a lot of time can be spent behind a desk and whilst stress doesn’t cause back and neck pain it can exacerbate the symptoms, so it’s important that students take steps to ensure this doesn’t affect their work. Simple actions such as taking regular breaks, drinking water and doing exercise can help prevent these symptoms and keep you focused. “
We at Durham Family Chiropractic have helped many of our students and this is what Megan has to to say:
Exams and writing my dissertation, totally stressed me out and I was constantly suffering with tightness in the shoulders and headaches. Thanks to regular adjustments from my chiropractor and a healthy lifestyle, I kept my head clear and survived my studies in one piece!”
According to the NHS, Short periods of stress are normal, and can often be resolved by something as simple as completing a task, or by talking to others and taking time to relax.
The British Chiropractic Association are encouraging those taking exams to incorporate simple steps into their daily routine to help ensure back or neck pain doesn’t impact on their studies.
• Sit up, look sharp – always work at a table, sitting on a chair, rather than on the sofa or in bed. Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair.
• Take a break – taking regular revision breaks is extremely important and the BCA recommends students move around every 20-30 minutes – stand up to stretch, change position and walk around a little.
• Check it! – It can be tempting to carry around all your notes and books, but make sure you check your bag every day so you’re only carrying the things you really need. Try using bags which can be carried on two shoulders with adjustable straps so the weight can be distributed evenly.
• Walk tall – Look for opportunities to exercise during the day. Why not try walking to the library instead of getting the bus or driving?
• Keep hydrated: Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Make sure you top up your fluids as the body works better when well hydrated. Your muscles and joints will work more efficiently and for longer.
• Stretch it out – If you’re revising at home embrace the privacy by doing regular stretches.