Most of the time when a person carries a child, the main focus is on the child, and that's completely right and well. Obviously, you want to hold onto that sweet little one -- we're not going to fault you for that. However, at the same time, you can be friendly to your back while looking out for the young.
Read on for a few ways you can be spine-friendly with the munchkins around. So many of us either have kids, have family members or friends with kids, or come into contact with kids in our daily lives. If you're going to pick one up (make sure you have permission, of course), you should lift with your legs. Don't bend downwards and put awkward pressure on your spine and lower back.
For Those Who Have Kids and Those Who Are Expecting
Don't hold a baby outward as it also puts undue stress on your back -- the spine, the muscles, everything really. Hold the baby close to your body with a wrap-around. That way your muscles and back don't strain. Go one step further and get a fabric wrap or a back-friendly carrier to make sure you're not putting stress on your spine on a daily basis.
Engage Your Core
You've heard trainers say this before, but it doesn't make them any less right.
If you exercise your core -- your hips, abdomen, and lower back (the internal and external obliques, the rotatores, and the transversus abdominis) -- you're less likely to sustain an injury. Strengthening your core will end up strenghening your back in the process.
If you experience pain or stain in the back, the spine, the legs, or even any sort of persistent headache that you might think comes along with parenting or pregnancy, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today for a consultation. There's a lot we can do the all-natural way, without prescription meds or cumbersomle surgery.