5643-R2_CC_BIM_May2018_Newsletter

The Back in Motion ® ommotion

We're changing people’s lives, be a part of it. Don’t let the little ones in your life cause you growing pains.

Whether you’re a first-time mom or one with lots of experience, it never hurts to be reminded how to protect your body from low back and neck pain. Over the years we’ve treated many moms who experienced these problems within the first few months of giving birth. Most don’t realize that your body retains the hormones that allowed your ligaments to stretch for delivery for 3 months after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, your body still produces it for several weeks after you stop. This puts your joints and muscles at risk for sprains and strains with activities you did before without problem. Moms aren’t the only ones who can have pain caused by lifting, cuddling, or caring for a little one; dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any caretaker can experience these issues. When

feeding a baby it is natural to look down at them. If your head is too far forward, this makes your muscles in the upper back and neck work 3 times harder than normal. This causes aches in the upper and lower back and neck. To prevent this, make sure your baby is fully supported with a baby bop or pillow to raise them up to you, then look down with your eyes. Make sure your changing table is between waist and chest height so you are not bending over. If you are taller, raise the table up by putting bed risers under the legs. Car seats can also be a challenge. When putting them in or taking them out of the seat, put one leg in the car so you are facing the car seat; this allows you to keep your back straight and uses your legs to help lift. Continued inside...

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