4 stretching exercises to try between chores

The main job of a housewife is ensuring the smooth operation of her household.

This involves caring for her children, husband and possibly parents and parents-in-law.

Chores include cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and other activities that may be physically demanding.

A housewife who adopts a bad posture while taking care of her loved ones and performing household chores can potentially cause her muscles to weaken or be shortened, warned MsLim Ting Jun, a physiotherapist at Changi Sports Medicine Centre at Changi General Hospital.

This will increase her susceptibility to a series of musculoskeletal injuries, such as neck and back pain, over time.

Many chores tend to put the body in a rounded posture where the curvature of the spine in the upper back is accentuated and the shoulders are slumped forward.

For instance, carrying a baby places the spine and shoulders in a sustained awkward posture that could lead to strain in the neck, mid-back and especially on the arm that is supporting the baby's head.

A sustained awkward posture restricts muscle movement and can lead to shortened or tight muscles.

It is important to address such issues by performing some simple exercises and making the effort to adopt correct postures during the course of the day, said Mr Wesley Chee Wai Siong, a physiotherapist at the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre at Novena Medical Centre.

"This will prevent bad muscle adaptations and, in turn, reduce the risk of injury," he said. So when baby is asleep or someone else is looking after him for a while, mothers can take the opportunity to stretch out those sore muscles.

Ms Lim demonstrates.

wanching@sph.com.sg


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