Until it happened to me, I did not know how common shoulder injuries are...especially for women.
I'm convinced my torn rotator cuff could have been prevented. That is a tough lesson to learn the hard way!
As a middle-age mama who is raising ten children, I'm speaking to all of those young moms middle-age moms and grandmas out there… Learn from my mistake! Learn from my mistake!
1. Recognize the immense amount of stress motherhood puts on shoulders and arms. Multiply this stress by the number of children you have.
2. Avoid the temptation to carry the baby car seat on the crook of your arm…obvious stress on your shoulder!
3. Learn to carry your young children on either hip…not just your favorite one.
4. Value taking care of your own body. The husband and the kids need you...... for the long haul.
5. Learn to be the Proverbs 31 woman whose arms are strong for her task….which leads to number six:
6. Intentionally exercise your arms, or you will be weak for your tasks.....and not know it. Make the time and the priority to build your muscles. You will be glad later!
7. Bad exercise or improper weightlifting can do more damage than good.
8. Listen to your body signals. Things that feel too heavy…are. Tissues or muscles that are aching…need to be healed.
9. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to build and protect your health. And then do what He says.
10. Consider purchasing and using the book that was given to me by a friend just a few short months before my second injury that sent me to surgery...Core Performance Essentials.
Check out the previous posts in this series:
- One-Armed Frontline Mama
- Wordless Wednesday: Lisa After Rotator Cuff Surgery
- Worms in the Refrigerator?
- The Spoonful of Humility for Mama
- I'm Back...and Here's How
- My Children Are My Hairdressers! Tips for the Temporarily Incapacitated
- In Sickness and in Health: An Ode to a Different Kind of Labor Day
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