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Chiropractic Awareness Week 2012 - 15th-21st April

15th April, 2012: Chiropractic Awareness week this year runs from 15th – 21st April and focuses on the back perils of parenting.

The British Chiropractic Association recently commissioned research showing that 79%* of the UK population has suffered from back and/or neck pain at some point in their lives – 61%* of those being parents. The research by the British Chiropractic Association also shows that over half (55%*) of parents' back or neck pain has prevented them from lifting or carrying their child.

Below is some useful advice to help parents look after their children whilst keeping a healthy back:

Carrying your baby or toddler

  • Carrying your baby as close as possible to your centre of gravity is advisable – across your back or front is best. A carrier/sling or papoose is a good option
  • Select a carrier that 'criss-crosses' at the back, so baby's weight is distributed more evenly. Make sure you read the instructions that come with the product to ensure that you are using it correctly
  • As your baby grows, lifting and carrying gets more difficult. Encouraging toddlers to do as much as possible for themselves, as appropriate, such as getting into the car seat, will save your back a lot of stress

Using Prams/Pushchairs

  • A pushchair or pram with adjustable height settings is ideal, as it can be moved to suit your own height and that of anyone else who will be pushing it. You should be able to walk upright with a straight spine and your hands resting at a comfortable height, which will help you maintain a good posture

Playing with your child

  • Get down to your child's level, rather than bending over
  • Avoid spending too long kneeling down as this can put pressure on the knees. If you are kneeling, keep your back straight
  • In any position, it is easy to get absorbed in what you and your child are doing. Try to remember to change position regularly
  • Don't bend to pick up toys, bend your knees. Watch your child and observe the natural squatting posture they use to pick things up

If you are suffering from back pain and need some help and advice, book an appointment with one of our chiropractors by calling 01908 604666

*research conducted in March 2013

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