The mechanism leading to back pain is believed to be associated with the repetitive lifting of children. Consider the fact that parents are lifting a 7-10 pound baby 50 times per day. By the age of 12 months the child may weigh approximately 17 pounds, and at 2 years the child becomes a very active 25 to 30 pound toddler. Add a brother or sister into the mix and you really compound the issue.
What follows are some simple tips that can help parents avoid the aches, sprains, and strains associated with the challenges of family life.
Most often it is innocent movements that flare up lower back pain. Movements like bending quickly to pick up a toy, shifting children around on a couch or floor while bending at the back, and difficulties with getting a child in and out of a crib. Even though the loads are relatively light, it is the unknowingly compromised position that you put your back in and the repetition of movement that gets the better of you. It is hard to actively think about lifting and posture all of the time; however, the more you do it, the easier it will get.
Hold your child in an upright position, directly against your chest in the center. Carrying a child on one hip creates postural imbalances that can lead to low back pain over time.
Always sit in a chair with sufficient back support and refrain from leaning forward to reach the child's mouth, which can strain your upper and lower back. Alternatively, use pillows or blankets to support and position the child. Allowing your pelvis to rotate backgrounds (slouching) puts great strain on the lower back as you hang off the supportive structures like ligaments, tendon, and muscle. If the lower back is supported and not allowed to rock backwards, you take the strain off and avoid the aches.
With all the responsibilities of parenthood, it is difficult to find the time to relax an stay in shape. Many new parents find that simply stretching for 10 minutes while children nap enhances their energy levels, while allowing them to stay flexible and avoid those familiar aches and pains.
Dr. Ormond is a chiropractor dedicated to providing clients with natural, gentle, evidence based health care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Services include: chiropractic treatment; soft tissue therapy; medical acupuncture; custom orthotic inserts and shoes; and rehabilitation. Posture advice to support the spine and relieve stress is a key element in patient care success.
Pointing clients in the right direction towards a healthy, pain free, and productive lifestyle is important to Dr. Mitch Ormond. Treating most conditions is the easy part, its following through with the decision to get a problem taken care of that is the hard part.
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