As a parent you are warned about sleepless nights, teenage years and the constant stress. But the possibility of increased back pain is often overlooked.
Carrying children, picking up toys, increased stress levels and less sleep could all contribute to back pain and discomfort. Parenting requires constant dynamic use of the body and mind.
But, finding the time to take care of your body and mind can be a real challenge. Did you know that your back ache, neck pain and more could be as a result of postural imbalance? Your pain could be down to your poor posture.
Why is posture important?
Commonly, parents with young children suffer with persistent back pain. Carrying a baby, the nappy bag and pushing a pram are all physical strains. This only increases as a child increases in weight. Bending over changing nappies, picking up toys and chasing around a toddler are all contributing factors when it comes to back pain.
It’s the persistent small movement that can incur a larger problem over time. Unfamiliar movements, like holding a child, become a daily and consistent occurrence that your body is expected to suddenly keep up with.
Dinner needs to be cooked, school uniforms need to be washed and children need to be supported. Life is so busy. Parents famously put themselves at the bottom of the list in terms of priority. But, here are some simple and manageable tips to try and include in your daily routine. Sorting out your posture is a long-term, manageable solution to potentially easing tension and reducing pain.
This will ultimately help you keep up with the fast-paced, physical and mental strains of being a parent.
Carrying a child is a huge part of daily life for parents. But have you actually considered how you do this? If you are doing a deadlift at the gym, there is a methodical process to protect the knees, lower back and rest of the body.
When you consider carrying a child, you are essentially carrying a heavy weight.
We get it – choosing a pram is exciting! Bejeweled, funky patterns, animal print or sleek there are countless options to go with. However, it’s important to consider how the pram affects YOU.
Its important to realise and remember how important your posture is to your overall health.
Being a parent is a huge physical and mental challenge. The rewards are immense but it’s important to remember to put yourself on the list of priorities. Take the time to engage with your physical and mental health. PostureKey is a great way to check in with both daily.
Always consult your medical practitioner.