Being a parent is hard work. We don’t always get enough sleep, are usually in a hurry and have multiple places to be and generally have uber-busy lives. One aspect of this that is often overlooked, especially for parents of very young children is back pain resulting from carrying babies, hauling around car seats and falling asleep in odd positions getting children to sleep.
Most conditions I see are the result of repetitive stresses on the spine. And guess what!? Everything I mentioned above is a repetitive stress on your spine! Let’s look at moving a car seat around. First, its heavy. The combined weight of the seat and the child are involved. It’s also awkward. Most people tend to carry it on one side with occasional shifts to the other side when it begins to hurt their arm or back. If you’re on the go this can amount to several hours a week of lifting and carrying around car seats!
Over time this repetitive lifting causes subluxations, or misaligned spinal joints caused by the repetitive stress on the spine. This leads to achy joints, tight muscles and potentially more severe problems like headaches, sciatica, tingling or numbness in the hands or others if the underlying cause is not addressed. By the way, research suggests that if a subluxation is no addressed within 8 weeks of occurring some of the damage to the joint becomes permanent. Something to think about the next time you want to just fight through the pain.
To be clear, I recommend regular adjusting (1-2 times per month) for all my patients in order to prevent the wear and tear on their spines. If you are a busy parent, I urge you to consider getting on a regular chiropractic program to help you feel better and prevent any long-term damage to the spine. It’s quick, easy and extremely safe.
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