Caring for Yourself Before Others
By Donna Kostiew
Becoming a new parent, or a caretaker of a loved one, often brings joy like no other, but the responsibilities of doing so also carry a host of new challenges that can test even the best of us. It’s no wonder that these challenges begin to have a profound effect on our health, and in no time at all, our bodies begin to feel the brunt of it. If you find yourself in this situation, and are currently experiencing back or neck pain and sleep deprivation, consider seeing your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Its doctors can help you manage your symptoms and improve the function of your body so that you can feel healthier, sleep better, and get back to taking care of those who need you most.
Taking Care of Yourself
As soon as you start taking care of others, talk to your chiropractor about tips on staying healthy and pain-free throughout this new transition in your life. Here are a few to get started.
- Lifting - When lifting your baby, or the one you are caring for, make sure to use the proper technique to avoid any injuries. Keep your spine in a neutral position and use your legs, rather than your back as your source of power. Bend at the knees and hips and lift in a slow, controlled motion. Balance your weight by keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, and then use the same form when sitting them back down.
- Carrying – It is inevitable that you will end up carrying heavy objects to and fro. Whether it’s a car seat, a stroller or wheelchair, or bags of supplies, if you aren’t carrying them properly, the risk of injury increases. To decrease this risk, grab the items firmly and hold them tight to your body, or if possible, break them up into smaller, more manageable loads.
- Sleeping – Getting a good night’s rest, or even a quality power nap, can become increasingly difficult as more and more demands are placed on you each and every day. The lack of sleep and the increased work can do numbers on an already fatigued body, so make sure that you stay on top of your rest. Your chiropractor can give you suggestions on how to achieve a healthy sleep cycle and their targeted adjustments will help your body get that perfect night’s sleep.
Taking care of others can be quite rewarding, yet physically exhausting. Self-care is critical to everyone’s well-being and maximizing the opportunities to rest can help the day feel more manageable. If it is needed, ask for help from family and friends. Don’t be afraid to simply say “I need sleep,” or “I need some time to myself.” And remember to visit your chiropractor regularly for optimal health. With over 400 locations nationwide, The Joint Chiropractic is easy to find and easy to let someone else take care of you the way you have been taking care of others.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, seeyour local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Sacramento, Calif.