– New research from the British Chiropractic Association finds parents’ back and neck pain in Yorkshire is impacting on childcare –
This April 15th : 21st, Chiropractic Awareness Week, Alison Eaves at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds is encouraging parents to straighten out their approach to back care as new consumer research shows that 82%* of people in Yorkshire have suffered from back / neck pain at some point in their lives : 69%* of those being parents.
The research commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association also shows that (41%*) of parents in Yorkshire say their back or neck pain has prevented them from lifting or carrying their child.
According to these new statistics, parents are not just limited in lifting and carrying their children. 32%* of Yorkshire’s parents said their back or neck pain has prevented them from carrying their child’s car seat or carry basket and 36%* say that back or neck pain has prevented them from playing with their child.
Alison Eaves, chiropractor in Leeds offers the following advice on how parents can look after their children whilst maintaining 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
• 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
The BCA has more great information for parents with three parent-specific fact sheets available from the BCA website.
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*research conducted in March 2013
Alison Eaves is a chiropractor in Leeds. Alison is principal chiropractor at Revive Chiropractic in and book an appointment please call Alison on 07828 686026