Tell anybody in a health care setting that you’re hurting, and they always want a number. “How bad is the pain on a scale of one to 10,” they ask, “where one is no pain, and 10 is the worst pain you can imagine?”
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When it comes to ergonomics, we put a lot of focus on posture, specifically sitting at a desk. But posture is important regardless of what you're doing, including carrying a camera bag around. So, if you're a keen photographer and wondering why you're getting headaches and shoulder pain, it might be time to reconsider your choice of backpack.
New parenthood comes with a certain amount of pain: There's the delivery, of course, and the rather searing experience of learning to breastfeed a newborn. But aside from those delivery-specific pains, the new parent or caregiver might find herself nursing back, shoulder, neck,and wrist pain - all from hauling around the tiny new bundle of joy. But it doesn't have to be this way! To get an idea of how to protect your musculoskeletal system from undue strain, I spoke to Stephanie Leaf, a physical therapist specialising in postpartum issues and the director of New Leaf Physical Therapy, for her best advice on avoiding and treating the pain caused by caring for a newborn.
So far in our online clinic for new parents, we've covered how to hold a baby, how to change a baby's nappy, how to push a stroller, and how to carry a nappy bag without hurting your neck, wrists or back (or at least making the problem worse). This week we're covering another source of postpartum pain: Breastfeeding.
So far in our online clinic for new parents, we've covered how to hold a baby, how to change a baby's nappy, and how to push a stroller without hurting your neck, wrists or back (or at least making the problem worse). This week we're covering another sneaky culprit of postpartum pain: The nappy bag.
Caring for an infant comes with a host of physical ailments, from the typical and predictable (fatigue) to the somewhat unexpected (neck, back and wrist pain). It's amazing how a tiny baby can wreak such havoc on a caregiver's musculoskeletal system, and many new parents find themselves gritting their teeth through all kinds of physical distress.
New parenthood often comes with a certain amount of pain. Some of it is unavoidable - recovering from delivery and breastfeeding injuries takes time. But even if you didn't deliver a baby and you aren't breastfeeding, there is still much pain to be had! My own husband suffered from major wrist and back pain after our first son arrived - niceties such as "alignment" and "bending from the knees" tend to get forgotten in that new-parent fog of war. But over time, awkwardly holding a baby can lead to major issues in the neck, back and wrists.
Changing a baby's nappy takes some practice: You have to know when to lift the feet, how to dodge errant streams of pee, when to abandon the wipes and plop the baby in the tub. But the absolute worst part of changing a baby's nappy? Bending over and tussling with a filthy, wiggling creature can be murder on your neck and back.
Of course, there's a level of subjectivity to pain. One person might find listening to Kid Rock to be more painful than stubbing their toe. Another person might enjoy a little bit of pain. And who can say how painful heartbreak feels? But we can still generally identify most of the worst sensations that people don't ever want to experience.
Tense jaws are, quite literally, a pain. Like many people, I tend to clench my jaw when I'm stressed -- or concentrating, or awake -- which often leads to not only sore jaws but terrible tension headaches. Luckily, there is a very fun way you can loosen your jaw and prevent all this; you just need a make-out buddy.
Our spines secretly hate us. Approximately three million Australians suffer from some form of back pain. That number is expected to greatly increase over the next few years, thanks to a combination of the desk-bound life and our generally inactive society. Night should seemingly bring relief, but the discomfort doesn't lessen when we lie down.
From the headlines, prescription painkillers sound pretty scary. Some of the people who take them switch to heroin, and some die of overdoses. The problem is so bad that the US FDA has mandated black-box warning labels about the risk of abuse. But at the same time, these drugs are common and useful tools to manage pain.