Mommy & Me OT

I had an amazing opportunity to chat with Karen Liebner, host of the Podcast Finding your Momtra. For more information on Karen and her work inspiring and supporting Moms check out her website www.findingyourmomtra.com.

We talked about the benefits of yoga for Moms and how its more than an exercise class but about creating a community of women showing up and supporting each other through motherhood.

Listen to our conversation by clicking below

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-20-mommy-and-me-ot/id1365979500?i=1000418452770&mt=2

 

Mommy Thumb-what is it and how to prevent it

Mommy thumb also known as De Quervains Tenosynovitis is a common condition caused by overuse of the muscles around your thumb. For new Mums picking up baby is one of the main causes, at first when baby is a tiny newborn we don’t notice the strain on our thumbs, but over time as baby gets bigger, the repetition of picking baby up and down, in out of cribs and car seats can cause a sharp shooting pain around the base of the thumb.

So what can we do about it:

  • try keeping your thumbs tucked in when you pick up your baby
  • massage the space between your thumb and fingers called the webspace, be careful not to massage for too long or you can irritate your other hand!
  • consider baby wearing, wearing your baby keeps them close to you, keeping you hands free to get things done and limits stress on your thumbs!
  • If these solutions don’t work consider a referral to Occupational Therapy.

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What do we do?

Holistic Occupational Therapy

At Integrative OT the focus is on the whole person not just the illness or injury. I choose an evidence-based treatment approach that will work best for you.

What would life be like if you could sleep through the night? How much more could you get done if you didn’t have that tension headache? Is pain stopping you from spending quality time with your family? I will work with you to improve your quality of life