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May is Exam Month! Tips to Help Your Kids.

exam-timeThousands of teenagers and students will be sitting important exams over the coming weeks, whether it’s GCSE’s, A-levels or University finals. For the majority of students this will be an intense and stressful few weeks where many other aspects of life grind to a bit of a halt so they can cram as much into their memory as possible.

Exams = Stress

Rises in the number of patients seeking help for exam stress and anxiety have been reported over the last two years by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. We know all too well that prolonged or acute exposure to stressors is extremely detrimental to our health and will cause both short-term symptoms which may interfere with exam performance, as well as long term complications which have a knock on effect on other areas of our health.

Don’t reach breaking point before doing something about it!

Sadly the majority of individuals who are experiencing this will only seek help when they feel they are at breaking point, or worse have already passed it. But if you feel like everything is getting on top of you and you’re nearing the edge it’s important to know there are plenty of natural and safe options to support you whilst keeping you healthy.


Lots of exam studying means bent over books for hours on end doing nothing for your posture and muscles. Why is this important? Energy is stored in the muscles so cramping up will make you feel tired, causing aching muscles or even worse burning at the base of your neck and shoulders. Try to put your work on a book to raise the area up a bit as your neck will appreciate that and try to take a break every 40 minutes and have a stretch and a drink. For those who suffer migraines, bending your head for long periods of time can be detrimental for you as you stretch the tissue at the back of the neck going up to the brain, so now would be a good time for a chiropractic adjustment. The brain can’t absorb information for long periods of time and breaking your studying down into sections will help you remember it better.

We see a lot of children around this time of year who all report feeling better after a chiropractic treatment. They report feeling more positive and more energetic, probably because it improves their posture and they can study for longer. Why don’t you come in for a boost before the real slog?

At our Castle Lane and Fordingbridge Clinic we provide a range of nutritional supplements which will support you or your loved ones and help you remain confident about the looming exams.

Safe to mix and match to suit individual needs, here’s our top 3 essentials for surviving exams:

1. Relax

Magnesium, Taurine and B vitamins 

  • Contains magnesium for maintaining proper function of muscles and nerves
  • Contains taurine which has a soothing effect on the brain and nervous system
  • Source of B vitamins for neurological support

2. Cognifit Phosphatidylserine & Acetyl-L-Carnitine with Ginkgo biloba

  • Specialist formula to support cellular brain health
  • Phosphatidylserine is essential for fluidity and integrity of cell membranes
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine used for cellular energy and neurotransmitter production
  • Contains choline which, if deficient, is connected to impaired memory and brain activity
  • Gingko biloba which supports blood flow to the brain

3. Eskimo-3 Brainsharp Pure omega-3 fish oil with omega 6, 9 and CoQ10

  • Contains CoQ10 and GLA as well as omega-3, which are all noted for their contribution to healthy brain function
  • CoQ10 is an antioxidant which supports energy production
  • Contains omega-6 fatty acids which play an essential role in the complex brain network
  • Eskimo-3 is one of the best researched omega-3 products with over 130 scientific papers to its name.

We wish you the best of luck and every success with the coming exams!

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