Being a parent brings joy, builds character, and offers a whole new meaning to life. While parenting is a life of teaching, growing and pure love, raising children can also be physically grueling.
Even though you’ve probably convinced yourself that “old age” is the reason behind your aches and pains, it’s more than likely that your responsibilities as a parent are the main reasons for your sore muscles. Constantly picking up your child, along with their toys, and twisting and turning every which way can cause some serious physical pain, especially in your back.
About 70%-80% of adults will experience back pain in their lives, and even more so to those who have children. The most common area parents experience pain is in the lumbar region of the lower back. Typically, there are two types of lower back pain;
· Acute – Pain lasting less than 3 months is usually categorized as acute back pain and is the easiest to treat. Acute back pain can be treated by alternating heat and ice on the discomforted area. Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications will also ease acute back pain.
· Chronic – This category of back pain lasts longer than 3 months and the pain more intense. In some cases, chronic back pain is due to problems within the spine and may require medical assistance.
It may seem that no matter how many times your spouse gives you a deep-tissue massage, your back is always in some kind of pain. Fortunately, there are other effective tricks and tips to ease some of your back pain, as well as ways to avoid it from progressing:
· Lift with Your Legs, Not Your Back – This saying is still as true as it was fifty years ago. Pick your child up with your legs, not your back. Using this method will not only prevent you from straining your back, you’ll also be working your leg muscles.
· Running – is a great stress and pain reliever that often diminishes pain in the lower back. If you indulge in a short jog about two to three times a week, you should start to feel a difference in your back almost immediately.
· Various Exercises – Medical professionals have found that exercises, such as; yoga, water aerobics, and Pilates, can soothe pain and loosen the stiffness in the lower back. Keep in mind, a rigorous workout could ultimately intensify the pain in your back. Stick to a low impact workout.
· Self-Massages – Try giving yourself a massage on and around the knotted area of your back with a tennis ball. This trick will loosen up sore muscles and release the unwanted tension in your back.
· Cat/Cow Sequence – This simple yoga technique can significantly decrease back pain.
If you’ve been experiencing back pain and play the role of “Mom” or “Dad”, targeting your specific back pain problems will help you find solutions quicker. Identifying your body’s stress and sore areas is a priority now more than ever.
Article by – Jennifer Smith