How to Carry a Baby and Protect Your Back
The American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) study on back pain finds that the main causes of back pain for women postpartum are due to the lifting and carrying of infants. Additionally, research finds that the average times new moms and dads do this lifting is at least 50 times a day. Also, the average weight of a newborn is between 7-10 pound. A one-year -old will weigh up to 17 pounds. Yet, even as a child gains mobility two or three years later, new parents will still be lifting and carrying children up to 25 to 30 pounds (2014). It is no wonder that in addition to back pain, those caring for infants and young children will also experience worsening pain in their hips, neck, and shoulders.
Fortunately, there’s always a way to prevent these types of injuries. Above all things, it is important to remember the following acronyms when lifting and carrying a baby:
How does this look like? Notice the difference between the two pictures below. Which position makes the woman more balanced?
We also can’t forget the strong men who take up their fatherly duties!
Even if there are times when we forget to do the things mentioned above, thankfully there is Chiropractic. When our bodies feel any type of pain, it is their way of letting us know that something inside us is imbalanced and it is time to make changes to our daily habits. Apart from traditional Western medicine, chiropractic is one of the most holistic forms of pain prevention and overall holistic health care. Chiropractors are trained to create balance (literally) to one’s life. Through gentle adjustments and subluxations, the mind and body achieve clarity, balance, and are better equipped to fight off unnecessary illnesses that hinder us from achieving our goals.
Speaking of Grandma, this applies to grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles, and anyone else who wants to give the baby some love! Overall, having a correct posture is not only related to how we look on the outside but how we treat our bodies as well. Are you treating your body right? Listen to what your body is telling you. Finally, I invite you to share this article with your loved ones who are experiencing pain due to carrying infants! Share the love!
Yours in good health,
– Dr. Michael Howell, DC