A day in the life of a working mom can be backbreaking, both literally and figuratively. Whether you spend hours sitting at a desk working on a computer or picking up toddlers it can be punishing to your back. Minor muscle aches and pains and stress seem to come with the territory, but they shouldn’t be ignored no matter how busy you are. Postponing doing something about minor back pain could land you flat on your back.
The sedentary lifestyle of office work, long hours commuting, lugging around children and diaper bags—all can be a pain. Here are some tips to help you cope with your minor back pain.
Sit Up Straight
How many times did you hear that from your own mother, and guess what? She was right. Check your posture right now while reading this. Are you slouched over? When the spine is not in proper alignment, it puts increased stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints, causing pain. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should sit with your back straight and shoulders back, distribute your weight evenly, and bend your knees at a right angle and your feet flat on the floor. Try to remind yourself several times a day to adjust your posture.
Regular exercise is important in keeping your back healthy. Yoga, in addition to keeping your stress level low, has some wonderful poses for your back, like downward facing dog and child’s pose, and it helps build your core, which is key to a having a good back. When you are in the office, make sure to take frequent breaks, stand up and go for a walk, and stretch, even if it’s just lifting your arms high overhead, or stretching your legs and pointing and flexing your feet.
Wearing your brief case, purse, or diaper bag on the same side every day may be causing you back pain. When you carry the bag on the same side repeatedly, it throws your muscles off balance by making one side bigger than the other, which can cause back spasms and stiffness in your shoulders and neck. Switch shoulders from time to time, reduce the weight of the briefcase or purse as much as you can, and look for bags that have different straps to help to alternate how you carry them.
Minor back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work, so you are in good company, but if you are looking to break away from the crowd and looking for relief, the Pranamat ECO
relief mat is a great solution to relieve minor muscle aches and minor back pain. This versatile and multi-use mat can be used when practicing yoga, while driving, while sitting at your desk or just for when relaxing. Using the Pranamat ECO just 15 to 20 minutes a day is a non-invasive, holistic option that may provide the minor back pain relief you are looking for, and which can easily fit into your schedule no matter how busy you are. In addition, this massage mat can help you feel invigorated and energized so you are ready to face the day.