This coming Mother’s Day we want all mums to celebrate a happy and healthy Mother’s Day. Mums work hard all year around and today’s hectic lifestyles mean that mums need to take care of their backs more than ever. This is especially the case for mums of babies and toddlers.
These mums can often underestimate the physical effort that is involved in caring for their little ones. Along with lifting and carrying their little one, there seems to be an endless amount of equipment and ‘stuff’ to lift and carry, from pushchairs or prams to cots, car chairs and of course the obligatory changing bag.
All of this lifting and carrying can put an incredible amount of strain on the back, often resulting in back pain.
It’s not uncommon for our team of chiropractors at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham to treat mothers whose back pain could have been avoided if they had followed some simple pieces of advice.
Lifting and carrying:
- Always lift with a straight spine and bend your knees to avoid leaning, stretching or bending.
- Carrying heavy bags is unavoidable so use a rucksack style bag. This style of bag will enable you to spread the weight evenly across your back. Adjust the straps to ensure the load is held against your back.
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes and avoid high heels.
- When lifting you baby or toddler into the car avoid reaching out too early and bending from the waist. Hold your little one close to you. Keep your back straight and only bend your knees when you are as close as possible to the car seat. It is only at this point that you should reach out to place your baby into the car seat. If you are using a portable car seat, rest the chair on the edge of the car seat and move the seat into position from there, keeping your back straight and knees bent.
- Choose a cot that has sides that drop down to several levels and which has a base that moves up and down. This type of cot should enable you to place your little one straight onto the mattress rather than having to lift them up and over high side bars.
If you’re a mum suffering back pain why not visit one of our experienced chiropractors who are here to help you.
Our team wishes all mums a healthy and happy Mother’s Day.