Tips and tricks for new Mums!

by (Remedial Massage Therapist)

In my time as a Massage Therapist I have come across many ladies with what I call ‘Mum Posture’. It wasn’t until I became a Mum and started living the day to day life first hand that I realized the full extent of what causes this.

From breastfeeding your little one, to carrying them on your hip for hours and forever hanging over the cot trying to get them to nap. This combined with lack of sleep or time to recharge our own batteries, it is no wonder our bodies end up tired and sore.

When our shoulders are hunched this has a follow on effect on our pec, back and neck muscles causing pain and sometimes headaches.

In keeping with the theme of Mothers Day I thought I would share with you a few stretches to help with that ‘Mum Posture’. I’ve also shared some tips I’ve discovered along the way and things you can do to help yourself!

STRETCHES

Sarah Pec Stretch

Mum Stretch #1 – Pec Stretch and Thoracic Rotation

This is a handy stretch to do anytime you are feeling hunched over. Grab a broom stick and bring it up and over your head. You will feel this stretch … read more »

Posture – a pivotal role in injury prevention

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Posture – a pivotal role in injury prevention.

So many of us spend hours and hours sitting at a desk, so engrossed in our work that we forget about our bodies and what they are doing. We often start out with good intentions but as the day goes on we become more consumed with the work in front of us and these good intentions fly out the window. Often fatigue sets in and our shoulders will start to round, our upper back starts to slump and our chin pokes forward. This places unnecessary strain on the joints, muscles and ligaments of our back and neck and often leads to pain. Commonly this type of injury will gradually build up over time until we break the habit of poor posture.

**On the other hand it is also important not to sit too rigid and straight as this overloads the muscles of your back and neck also leading to injury. A fine balance is needed!

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Some helpful tips to achieve good posture and prevent back or neck pain…

Place a lumbar support at your lower back. This will encourage an upright spine and aid a balanced … read more »