Dr. Lena Shahbandar is a physiatrist based mostly in Chicago who has greater than 20 years of medical expertise. A graduate of Northwestern College, she practices outpatient musculoskeletal drugs with a specific space of curiosity in girls’s musculoskeletal well being and ache in being pregnant.
Shahbandar sat down with Jessica Abo to debate her new firm, Nessl, and why she desires to vary the way in which you carry your child.
Dr. Shahbandar, what are you able to share in regards to the sorts of sufferers you deal with as a physiatrist?
Dr. Lena Shahbandar:
I deal with sufferers who’ve again ache, elbow ache, joint ache, hip ache, and girls who’ve ache in and round being pregnant. Their our bodies have modified a lot, that they do not know what to do with themselves, and, there’s actually quite a lot of dysfunction round that.
Inform us a bit bit extra about these signs and the way do you deal with them?
Among the signs that we see in being pregnant must do with the truth that joints and ligaments loosen as you make method for the infant and your heart of gravity adjustments. So folks find yourself with actually dangerous ache. They will describe what they name sciatica and even SI joint ache, that are forms of again ache points. They will get carpal tunnel syndrome the place their fingers go numb and tingly. After which they’ve their infants and so they must carry them and shift them and transfer them and all of that’s one thing that we will work on by strengthening up muscular tissues and addressing posture. However actually on the finish of the day, the issue is that these sufferers must take care of the world round them, which does not need to cease and does not need to give them a break.
What made you go from seeing sufferers in your clinic to wanting to begin your individual firm?
I truly was treating a buddy of mine who had again ache in being pregnant, and he or she got here in carrying her toddler in a automotive seat. And as she was about to depart, I observed that she was going to be lifting this automotive seat and I stated, you recognize what, do not try this. It may wreck your again. Let me carry your automotive seat to your automotive. So I carried it for her. And at that second, I had a re-injury of an damage that I had from after I was pregnant. And I spotted that the world is simply not working for my sufferers and I’ve to vary this. I made a decision to go about beginning to clear up the issue of the way in which infants are carried and the way automotive seats are utilized in actual life.
How is that this provider completely different from what’s on the market?
We use very light-weight materials which might be very prime quality and have a diminished environmental footprint. The waist strap is detachable so the physique of the provider turns into very small and you may even use it in a automotive seat.
What steps did you’re taking to ensure this product is protected?
We developed it figuring out that our purpose was to get it within a automotive seat. So there are specific guidelines you should comply with to do this. One is that you do not impede the shoulder straps or the buckle of the automotive seat in any respect. Two is that the material must be very skinny, like T-shirt skinny. And in order that’s the place we went and received actually prime quality, very sturdy, very skinny materials with the intention to do that. Three was that we uncoupled the waist strap from the physique of the provider altogether. So you did not have additional material across the child in any respect. After which once we did all of that, we took it to a college lab and we simply gave them the infant provider and we gave them the automotive seats. They crash-tested these items utterly independently of us. In our outcomes the distinction between crash testing with the Nessl Child Provider in it and crash testing a automotive seat with out the Nessl Child Provider in it was successfully no distinction. So our child provider is protected and that’s very reassuring and necessary to us.
Dr. Shahbandar, what ought to all of us bear in mind on the subject of joint ache and again ache? How can all of us attempt to be more healthy?
We have now to actually be proactive about taking good care of our our bodies. We solely have one backbone. We do not get backbone replacements as we age. Some issues which might be actually necessary to concentrate to are issues like being conscious, and simply figuring out what’s regular for you and what’s not regular for you. Generally folks do not understand one thing’s unsuitable till it is too late. Additionally, focus in your posture, and just remember to sit upright, nearly such as you’re placing your elbows in your again pocket. So that you deliver them again and down and good and relaxed. Listen if you’re pressured and what influence that has on the muscular tissues in your physique. After which think about weight coaching, strengthening up your muscular tissues round your backbone, in your core, and in your glutes actually will make a distinction for you in the long term. Being cautious with carrying posture actually issues. So if you carry issues, the rationale I made the automotive seat is it is so distant out of your heart of gravity and it simply destroys the again. Whereas if you happen to can maintain one thing good and near your heart of gravity, you do quite a bit higher.
I really like that recommendation. Dr. Shahbandar, what’s subsequent for you?
We’re promoting our first 500 models and we’re actually excited to share that with these first 500 models, we’ll offer a free teaching session for all the purchasers. I might be main the session as a coach and can allow you to type out issues ergonomic, life-style confidence, all of the issues that may make parenting a bit bit difficult. At Nessl actually what we need to do is nestle you. So then you’ll be able to nestle your child.