Physical therapists are experts in movement and function, especially when movement involves a change in “normal” patterns of movement. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are members of the American
Physical Therapy Association are bound by the Association’s Code of Ethics and are committed to providing competent and compassionate care. Please be aware that even if your state requires a physician’s referral before you can see a physical therapist, you always have the right to see the physical therapist of your choice.
Lifting Your Child From the Floor
When picking your child up off the floor, you should use a half kneel lift. First, stand close to your child on the floor. While keeping your back straight, place one foot slightly forward of the other foot, and bend your hips and knees to lower yourself onto one knee. Once down on the floor, grasp your child with both arms and hold him or her close to your body. Tighten your stomach muscles,
push with your legs, and slowly return to the standing position. To place your child onto the floor, the same half-kneel techniqueshould be performed.
Carrying/Holding Your Child
When holding or carrying your child, you should always hold him or her close to your body and balanced in the center of your body. Avoid holding your child in one arm and balanced
on your hip. When using a child carrier, be sure to keep your back straight and your shoulders back to avoid straining your back and neck.
Picking up Toys From the Floor
As a mother, you will find yourself cleaning up after your
child often. When picking toys up from the floor, keep
your head and back straight, and while bending at your
waist, extend one leg off the floor straight behind you.
Lifting Your Child Out of the Crib
If your child’s crib has a rail that lowers, you will want it
in the lowest position when lifting your child out of the
crib. As you lift, keep you feet shoulder-width apart, knees
slightly bent. Arch your low back and, while keeping your
head up, bend at your hips. With both arms, grasp your
child and hold him or her close to your chest. Straighten your hips so you are in an upright position, and then extend
your knees to return to a full stand. To return your child
to the crib, use the same technique and always remember to keep your child close to your chest.
Pushing a Stroller
When pushing your child in a stroller, you will want to stay as close to the stroller as possible, allowing your back to remain straight and your shoulders back. The force to push the stroller should come from your entire body, not just your arms. Avoid pushing the stroller too far ahead of you
because this will cause you to hunch your back and shoulders forward.