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Depending on where your kids go to school, they’re likely back in the swing of things now. But as they settle in to new schedules and the new school year, scheduling a visit to the chiropractor may be a good idea. In Reno, kids can benefit from back-to-school chiropractic care with Dr. Lynelle McSweeney. Here’s why.


When the nervous system is healthy and functioning properly, other systems in the body, like the immune system, can do their jobs. That’s because nervous system communication with the entire body takes place via the spinal cord. Any misalignments in the spine interfere with this communication, which could weaken the body’s natural defenses.

The new school year means exposure to different viruses and bugs, so think of chiropractor care as a little immunity booster. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. By realigning the spine to restore that communication channel, chiropractic care that relieves pain and stress can restore nerve function and may boost the immune system according to various studies.


Juggling busy schedules can be a recipe for stress, and kids aren’t immune. Many people carry stress in their shoulders, back, and neck, creating tension and tightness. Not only is that uncomfortable, it can also weaken the immune system. At Dr. McSweeney’s holistic practice, she combines chiropractic care with massage therapy. That means patients leave feeling better than they did when they arrived.


We’ve covered the benefits of chiropractic care for student athletes before, so we’ll keep this brief. Not only could it help prevent certain injuries, it can also improve range of motion and shorten recovery times to keep your young athlete on the court or field.

Worth noting — students who don’t play sports but lug around a heavy backpack will also benefit from chiropractic care. Kids shouldn’t carry more than 10 to 15% of their body weight on their backs, and if they are, ensuring that they have a backpack with wide, padded straps is important. Advise them to wear both straps instead of slinging the backpack over one shoulder to avoid creating an imbalance in how their body carries the weight. The straps should be tight enough to hold the backpack snugly against their body, with straps that fit comfortably on both shoulders.

In Reno, Dr. McSweeney and Dr. Allen can help your student stay aligned for a great start to the school year. Schedule a visit today!