Cradling a baby can be quite stressful on your wrists if you do it the wrong way. A new mother may hold her child for hours on end each day for months.
There is a correct and incorrect way to hold a baby. Mothers who hold their babies the wrong way are likely to develop a condition known as “mother’s wrist”. Mother’s wrist is a common name associated with a wrist condition otherwise known as De Quervain’s Tendinitis.
Cradling a baby with incorrect hand posture may cause your wrists to develop significant pain. The most common area that mothers experience pain is on the thumb side of the wrist. Some women may even develop a small, painful cyst near that same area.
The most common postural problem while cradling a baby is
when the mother’s wrist is bent sideways and into a flexed position.
This stressful wrist posture coupled with the weight of your baby
for a sustained period of time can be especially traumatic on your wrist and hand.
Holding your baby with your wrist awkwardly bent can create a wrist problem. It’s not difficult to change your posture to keep the wrists and forearms more relaxed and protected. You can do this by maintaining your wrists in a straight, more neutral position while cradling your baby.
There are 27 tiny bones in the wrist/hand. When those bones lose their healthy alignment it can cause significant pain or develop into a wrist condition.
Holding your wrists in an awkwardly bent position for sustained periods may lead to misalignment of the tiny wrist and hand bones. De Quervain’s Tendinitis or “mother’s wrist” is often associated with misalignments of one or more of the bones in the hand or wrist.
Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, hand and possibly even the forearm will correct the underlying biomechanical cause of Mother’s Wrist and other wrist and hand conditions.
If you know someone who is dealing with hand problem please tell them about the benefits of getting their wrist and hand adjusted.