This week, 15th -21st April 2013, is Chiropractic Awareness Week, and this year the focus is on parenting and posture.
We all appreciate the costs and demands that children place upon us - but I doubt that many people have considered the effect that they can have on health. Recent consumer research, commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association, found that 80%* of people in Wales have suffered from back or neck pain at some stage, and 77%* of these are parents. More than half of parents (60%*) say that their back or neck pain has prevented them from carrying or lifting their child at some stage. According to these new statistics, parents are not just limited in lifting and carrying their children. 34%* of parents said their back or neck pain has prevented them from carrying their child’s car seat or carry basket and 38%* say that back or neck pain has prevented them from playing with their child.
*commissioned by the BCA, March 2013
Nothing can take away the burden that having kids can, literally, place upon us! However, there are a few simple hints and tips that can help to ease the strain, and help you maintain a healthy back:
Carrying your baby or toddler
Playing with your child
Changing and Dressing
It's easy it is to put a strain on your back when looking after young children, constantly carrying them from A to B, bending down to pick up their toys, leaning over to change nappies and generally attending to them. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you are not damaging your back in the process, and this advice is valuable in showing that you can look after your health at the same time as looking after your children. After all, raising children is hard-work enough without having to deal with a sore back or neck!
For more hints and tips, take a look at these advice sheets:
Parents and Posture - Pregnancy
Parents and Posture - Home and Dry
Parents and Posture - Out and About
With spring approaching, the days lengthening and the wintry sun gradually warming up the air, we're beginning to come out of 'hibernation'. We're generally getting a little more active - out into the garden, spring-cleaning, attacking that DIY project in the house, or taking a bit more exercise than we have during what seems to have been a long winter.
Despite our enthusiasm, it's important to take things gently at first, letting the muscles and joints warm up. Every Monday morning, the phone in the clinic rings non-stop, with people who have 'overdone it' in the house or garden at the weekend. Whilst some gentle exercise is generally good for the back, overexertion can cause problems.
Try to ease yourself into it - do some gentle stretches and warm up exercises first (marching on the spot, shrugging the shoulders, circling the arms) to get the blood circulating through the muscles, and pace yourself. Do lots of different jobs, changing your posture and position regularly, rather than concentrating on the one thing for too long. Listen to your body too - if something is niggling or painful, stop and don't be tempted to 'work through the pain' - it is your body telling you something isn't right. If the niggle persists, or worsens, phone the clinic and get advice!
A simple, 3-minute stretching exercise routine is Straighten Up that will keep the body supple and loose if practised regularly.
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