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Boost Physical and Emotional Wellbeing With Play

Mother and Daughter playingFrom an essential recess break in a young student’s day to stepping away from the desk to share some laughs at the water cooler, the act of playing has important benefits. Whether you’re two or 72, play does the body and mind good.

How Play Helps Kids

While reading, writing and arithmetic are essential subjects that every child studies in school, play should be considered important too. The late Fred Rogers, the mild-mannered host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” once said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Here are some of the many benefits of play for children:

  • Boosts confidence
  • Develops communication skills
  • Develops problem-solving abilities
  • Hones vocabulary and language skills
  • Cultivates creativity
  • Fosters teamwork
  • Relieves stress
  • Combats obesity

How Play Benefits Adults

Let’s face it: being an adult is stressful. Between deadlines at work and family demands, it’s no wonder that so many adults are living in a state of constant stress. Play can help to decrease stress, cultivate social skills, bring joy to your life, and foster cooperation with others. Play also can boost your work productivity. Consider playing with your dog, gathering a group for a board game, or throwing a Frisbee on the beach.

Your Spine Influences Your Emotions

While play can boost your emotional health, a spinal injury can affect how you feel emotionally. We’ve found that the emotional issues that some patients face won’t be resolved until their spine is addressed through a chiropractic adjustment. Another benefit of chiropractic care is that it can help you feel good physically so you can enjoy play more!

So make time for play, laughter and fun! Life’s too short not to.

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