When you “Take the Wheel”, in a car you sit behind the steering “Wheel” and hopefully put your hands on 10 and 2. You are in the proper position to drive you car if your were taking the test! But what about the proper position when you are driving your stroller? The hands and wrists have a proper spot too! But it is even more complicated. The Handle Bars need to be adjusted for proper height, the hands need to me placed in front of the shoulders and a tad wider than the shoulder and the wrists? Now this is where it can get painful on every “Push”!
Our Strollercize® Certified Instructors are taught to watch for “Wrist Alignment” in not only Pushing The Stroller but also in doing “Push” Ups. Moms, Dads and those that “Push a Pram”, keep your wrists straight as if you are going to “Punch” something or someone. Maybe the sales person who sold you that stroller! Did they “Fit” you with your stroller before you put down the big bucks? No, You were just worried about the color, the style and the comfort of the baby, Right? But, comfort for the Mom and her body and her joints is just as important.
If your wrists begin to hurt or you get a “ITIS” of sorts, do not blame your age, old injury or opening baby bottles (Well Maybe), blame how you are holding that handle bar and pushing your stroller! Blame yourself for not working out your forearms! Blame the Baby Gods! Go get that stroller and SIZE it up. Adjust the height and go knock off a few Push Ups on the kitchen sink, like about 40. Now you are ready to PUSH ON and hopefully your now “Wrist Way” You are going!
Here is a great Link that talks about Carpal Tunnel. This is a very common ache and pain for a New Mom. Notice they do NOT bring up a stroller:( That is Y Strollercize!