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Back to School and Mental Wellness

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Summer is a subjectively fleeting season and school days are upon us once again. For children, this bittersweet time marks the completion of a period of relative freedom and the beginning of a new set of responsibilities. For adults, the onset of late summer and early fall signals yet another turn of the wheel of life, reminding us of our mortality on the one hand and of all we have accomplished and have yet to achieve during our time on earth on the other.

For both children and adults, mental wellness is a key component of our successful adaptation to the changing seasons. Such mental well-being is especially important during the time of transition to a new school year. Hopes and expectations are high, and yet the change of scene may be daunting, for both the children and the parents. New teachers, new classmates, new relationships, and new academic challenges directly confront a child's settled view of the world and the wishes and desires of parents for their child's ongoing development as a human being and future contributing member of society.

As the child will be spending significant portions of her or his day in the school environment, it is critically important to ensure that healthy lifestyle choices are proactively available.1,2 Healthy lifestyle choices include providing a variety of nutritious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, at snack times and at lunch. As well, daily vigorous exercise is a necessary component of all school programs, beginning with the youngest grades and continuing all the way through high school. From a public policy perspective, addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) will help to foster a rich and rewarding school experience.3 The SDOH include sufficient green space in both the city center and surrounding communities, especially with respect to the inner city. The built environment is a key component of the SDOH, including working street lights, sufficient four-way stop signs, clearly marked pedestrian crossings, and ensuring that school buildings are adhering to all safety codes.

Mental well-being for the entire family is supported by regular chiropractic care. By correcting spinal misalignments and eliminating sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps our bodies to function at optimal capacity. Regular chiropractic care helps remove the causes of many musculoskeletal aches and pains, headaches, fatigue, irritability, and nervousness. In this way, regular chiropractic care reduces and removes sources of mental stress, and helps our mental and physiological processes to work in unison. The result is improved ability to focus and concentrate, improved creativity, and improved overall mental wellness. Regular chiropractic care helps ensure the health and well-being of all of us, parents and students alike.


1 Hager ER, et al: Implementation of Local Wellness Policies in Schools: Role of School Systems, School Health Councils, and Health Disparities. J Sch Health 86(10):742-750, 2016

2 Profili E, et al: School wellness team best practices to promote wellness policy implementation. Prev Med 101:34-37, 2017

3 Wolfenden L, et al: Strategies for enhancing the implementation of school-based policies or practices targeting risk factors for chronic disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017 Nov 29;11:CD011677. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011677.pub2. Review. PMID: 29185627

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  • "Dr. Terrie Huls practically saved my life. After a freak accident and multiple surgeries, I could barely walk. Her chiropractic treatments over the last four years have made a significant difference in my life and have improved my walking. Not to mention the regular care has kept me fairly healthy from colds and viruses. I also highly recommend the new laser treatments. It has worked wonders on my knees. And the brain core treatments have helped me significantly with anxiety issues. Dr. Terrie always knows what I need to feel better, and her staff is top notch!"
    Tina C.
  • "I have had lower back issues for several years and always wind my way back to Dr. Huls when it gets out of sorts! The office staff is amazing...Sydney and Brenda run a tight ship!! Dr. Huls is soooo good at what she does. You can trust her to diagnose the issue and treat it appropriately. This most recent one was a doosey, but we worked through it and I am so happy to have my back normal again. Here's to you, Terri, Brenda and Sydney! Thanks for everything!!"
    Barbara B.
  • "Terrie Huls and her staff are very professional and right on point. For years I have been leery of having a chiropractor work on me due to a rough experience with a place in Moundsville, WV. Huls Chiropractic was recommended to me by my massage therapist, Alita Ross of Tranquil Touch & coming from her, I took a leap of faith and chose to see Terry Huls & I am beyond pleased after seeing her off and on for the past couple months.. to begin with I needed every week, now I’m on a need to basis which is fantastic! I highly recommend this place of business, their staff, and their profession."
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