Do you have shoulder pain? Maybe you can blame it on Victoria Beckham, the fashion designer, and known as Posh Spice.
Victoria Beckham is a known fashion trendsetter and her signature look of carrying a huge designer bag may not be such a good idea. Large bags can pull down on your shoulder and neck and cause pain. Doctors have nicknamed the shoulder pain related to carrying large handbags as “Poshitis”, and it looks like these women will need physical therapy.
The good news is that according to other fashion experts, large bags are out and smaller bags are now in. Just in time to save millions of womens from neck and shoulder pain.
“The months following the birth of a child are some of the most rewarding for new parents—and the most challenging to a new parent’s body”.
Here are some great tips from an article I helped to write for the American Physical Therapy Association on how using proper body mechanics within an ergonomically friendly nursery can help ease the strains and stresses of parenting.
This is a great video by one of my colleagues, Julie Wiebe PT … she teaches ladies how to get that “running grove” back on:
Are you trying to get back into running? Do you have a little problem “down there”, like incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse? Are you a mom and anxious to get your baby body back in shape? Watch this video for tips on how to safely return to running.
Learn how to lean into the hill or down the hill when you run.
If you are a city dweller like me, don’t worry if you use a treadmill, just increase the incline slightly and you will be working out your “Core Muscles”.
“It has happened to every postpartum woman. You finally feel like your body is ready to get back in shape… and you decide to go on your first jog with your new baby and that awesome new jogging stroller.”
I bet you didn’t know that there are ways to prevent injuries by adjusting the way you use your jogging stroller and to make sure it is the right fit for you.
By Mariannne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy
“Whether having children is in your 10-year plan or you’ve decided now is the time to start trying, it’s never too early to begin preparing your body for pregnancy. Ensure your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Unfortunately, these issues can worsen during pregnancy and cause pain and dysfunction.”
Here are 5 tips to prepare your body for pregnancy:
1. Strengthen your pelvic muscles.
2. Prepare for “baby belly” by focusing on your core.
3. Take a breath!
4. Begin a regular fitness routine.
5. Practice good posture.
An article in the online newspaper, Sott.net, has an interesting article about why eating a low fat diet will NOT decrease your risk of developing heart disease. In fact, low fat diets are the cause of cardiovascular disease!
Bet you didn’t know that.
Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, busts the myth that heart disease is caused by high blood cholesterol. He goes on to explain that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease and how to prevent it.
Lundell explains why the mainstream American diet and obesity causes inflammation which leads to developing “heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease”. The two main culprits are:
Highly Processed Carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them)
Excess consumption of Omega-6 Vegetable Oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods and used as preservatives. Click Hereto read more.
By Marianne Ryan PT, OCS,
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy.
We are offering free classes to showcase our new post-baby exercise program for new moms.
The class will be taught 1 time per week for 8 weeks in our Physical Therapy Practice, we are conveniently located 1 block from Grand Central.
Participants must be willing to commit to attending all 8 classes and should be a few years Postpartum or less.
Our new series of classes start on Tuesday June 4 at 11am.