Desk Posture: It’s Simple

National press, including the BBC, last week promoted a report advocating that office workers should sit in a ‘slouched back’ position. This is said to relieve pressure on the back.

Although this new recommended slouched position may unload the spine, most people have a tendency to slip down causing increased pressure on the posterior ligaments, resulting in back pain.

As Simone says, ‘The trouble is, this position will cause you to slouch eventually, stretching the posterior muscles of the lower back. It will almost certainly result in long term instability and support for your lumbar spine’

So what is the right way to sit? We advise tilting the base of your chair forward to put your pelvis in a good sitting position which makes the angle approximately 120 degrees. Do make sure that your screen and keyboard are aligned and directly in front of you. You should also get up and walk around every 30 minutes.

More information can be found about how we can help you at www.kaneandross.co.uk

ergonomics

Advertisements

Safely swaddling: Keeping your baby settled

BBC News has commented on the problems of hip dysplasia in babies who are swaddled.  The problem with this is if your baby is much more settled when they are swaddled, what should you do?  For those babies who are much more content swaddled and sleep better you can still swaddle the top half of their bodies tightly but leave the legs and hips so they can move around.  It is usually the arms that wake the baby up.

So wrap the top half of their bodies as you normally would, tucking in the blanket and securing the arms.

Then take the lower half of the blanket, just gently wrap the legs, the baby should be able to move them and lift the knees up. Twist the bottom of the blanket and either gentle tuck in under the baby’s legs or wrap around the legs.  You should be able to see the baby’s legs  move.

The video at this link demonstrates the swaddling technique we advise you to use.

More information can be found about how we can help you at www.kaneandross.co.uk

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 14.26.44

Simone Ross article on Plagiocephaly published by the Little Style Book

The Little Style Book is a website that our patients often mention. As well as being a popular style guide for mothers and babies, it carries articles from experts in their field on diet, exercise and health matters more generally.
When Simone was asked by the website to provide an article, she decided to write one on Plagiocephaly. It’s a subject that should draw far more attention and one that Simone feels mothers particularly should know far more about. You can read it here:
More information can be found about how we can help you at http://www.kaneandross.co.uk

Back Pain: 9 Essential Tips

These are our Essential Tips for preventing and dealing with Back Pain. Let us know if you have others that you would like to share.
  1. Keep your core strong – your lower abdominals, pelvic floor, spinal muscles
  2. Keep your weight down – remember a moment on the lips forever on the hips and as you get older it is far more difficult to lose
  3. Get your ergonomics sorted at work – it is much better to be preventative than have treatment
  4. Exercise at least 3-4 times per week
  5. Work less on an iPad, laptop than on a desk top
  6. Do not hyperventilate – breathe well
  7. When you are sore more than 3 times a week or on a regular basis, get a diagnosis
  8. Work preventively – come for treatment when you feel the pain coming rather than when you are acute – you will need less
  9. Look after yourself – no one else will!

More information can be found about how we can help you at http://www.kaneandross.co.uk