Women’s Health Week
My Toddler is on the Move!
By Nancy Offner, PT, MSPT, CLT
Now that your child is more active…and heavier, you need to continue to think about your back!
Bend your knees and squat down to talk to your child instead of leaning over them.
When lifting your toddler, bend your knees and squat down, let your toddler come to you, bring them close to your body, engage your core muscles and then stand up using your legs.
When getting your child out of a high chair, remove the tray so you do not have to lean over to lift them up and out of the chair.
Continuing an exercise program and finding fun ways to get exercise with your toddler will help keep your back healthy. If back pain persists, a physical therapist can help you manage your pain, develop a customized exercise program and help prevent future back issues.
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