Back to it | How I minimise back pain

Friday, 11 November 2016

There aren't many downsides to having children. Other than not being able to go to the toilet alone and having to share chocolate. But one not so welcome result of having children for me is a slightly dodgy back. Years of bending over cots to lift my little ones and lie them down when they're sleeping, not to mention carrying them out of car seats and swinging them around like monkeys has definitely taken a toll on my lower back.

It's fine as a general rule, but there's definitely a weakness there. It's so common among parents, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the things that help to minimise back pain for me.

Exercise is, hands down, the best possible thing for my back. If I follow a regular routine of morning yoga, my back feels flexible and strong. It's just difficult to fit it in around busy mum life, so the easiest thing for me is to follow a programme on Youtube in my own home. Yoga with Adrienne is my first stop - her routines are fun, effective, free and not too long so, if I drag myself out of bed 20 mins earlier than usual, I can easily fit one in before the school run. If I fancy something a bit higher intensity, I'll go for a HIIT work out with Lucy Wyndham-Read.

Mums spend so much time hunched over, changing nappies and feeding their babies, it's not hard to see why back pain can become an issue. Even though my children have passed that stage, I'm definitely guilty of poor posture at times. Usually it's because I'm hunched over my laptop working, or lifting my toddler incorrectly. My husband has been nagging me for years to make sure I lift correctly and bend at the knees. He's so right and I wish I'd listened sooner. Yes, it feels a bit weird to squat at the knees to lift your little one, but better that than a pulled lower back any day!

On the subject of hunching over a laptop, last year I did a lot of work sat on the edge of my bed. Mostly because it was the quietest place in the house and meant I could get at least five minutes of uninterrupted time to get things done. It also meant that, without realising it, I was slowly damaging my back, which resulted in months of lower back pain, stiffness and discomfort. I've learnt my lesson. Now I work sat at the kitchen table, which isn't ideal privacy-wise, but at least means my posture is good. I've mentioned on the blog before that I'm looking forward to having a home office space to work. I'm still working on that but, with Christmas looming, I'm hoping to do it as cost-effectively as possible. So I'm currently on the lookout for stylish, cheap office chairs and desk accessories. So please comment with any
recommendations, as well as any tips you might have for looking after your back :)

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