Monday, February 27, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
You were up all night. Your baby is crying. 👶 The telephone is ringing. For most parents, this is a daily scenario!
Parents are also continually faced with strenuous physical demands, such as lifting, feeding, comforting and chasing after children. 🧒
As a parent, you may be lifting a seven to ten-pound baby 50 times a day. By 12 months, your baby weighs approximately 17 pounds, and at two years, that child has become a 25 to 30-pound toddler. Repeatedly lifting your child may put you at risk for back problems. 💪
What’s a parent to do❓
👉 HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF BACK PAIN:
1️⃣ Lighten your load 🎒
Choose a diaper bag that distributes weight evenly across your body to limit the stress on your muscles, such as a cross-body diaper bag or a diaper bag that can be worn as a backpack.
2️⃣ Stretch your body
When your baby is old enough for tummy time, join them on the floor and do some exercises to stretch your neck and back.
3️⃣ Feed comfortably
When nursing, avoid hunching and keep your baby close to you. Instead, choose a comfortable, upright chair with a pillow. 🤱
4️⃣ Keep your baby close
Don’t stretch your arms out. Bring your baby close to your chest before lifting. Consider wearing your baby on your front to alleviate the strain on your back.
5️⃣ Keep tub trouble at bay
Avoid reaching or twisting when bending over a tub. Be on the same level as your baby. When kneeling, use a non-slip mat to protect your knees. 🛁
Consult with one of our experienced chiropractors so that you can stay on your toes and a step ahead of your toddler. 👍
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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Lifting your luggage can’t always be avoided, even if your luggage has wheels. But practicing safe lifting techniques can substantially reduce your risk of injury.
- Move slowly and, whenever possible, break the action into smaller parts. For instance, when loading a suitcase in the trunk of a car, try lifting it first onto a chair or step-stool, then lifting it into the trunk. Similarly, when placing luggage in an overhead compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat.
- When lifting your luggage, first get close to the load and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Bend at the knees and let your leg muscles, rather than your back, do the lifting.
- Hold the load close to your body.
- Avoid twisting. Instead, turn your feet in the direction you are headed and turn your entire body in that direction.
- Do not carry bulky luggage for long periods of time. Make sure to check heavier items when travelling rather than carrying them for the duration of the trip.
- Try to carry light pieces in each hand rather than a single heavy item on one side.
- When using a backpack, use both shoulder straps and the waist strap, and adjust them to minimize the bag’s movement.
- When using a duffel or shoulder bag, switch sides often to reduce strain.