Simone Ross article on Plagiocephaly published by MyBaba

MyBaba is a website blog that parents often mention to us. It carries articles from experts in their field and when Simone was asked to contribute, she decided to write about Plagiocephaly. It’s still a subject that should draw far more attention and one that Simone feels many parents should know far more about. You can read her article here:
http://mybaba.com/flat-head-syndrome-to-treat-or-not-to-treat/
More information can be found about how we can help you at http://www.kaneandross.co.uk

SafeHands for Mothers – The Radio 4 Appeal

We are very supportive of this appeal – please take a look and share the link with friends.

SafeHands for Mothers aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth.

SafeHands for Mothers has so far reached an audience of one million across sub-Saharan Africa, so it’s working already – please help if you can.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g6z5m

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News coverage on Tongue Tie

Recently tongue tie was brought to widespread attention by an article on the BBC News website. It is something that we commonly see and treat babies for in the practice. Mothers often bring their babies in for other symptoms and have been unable to diagnose tongue tie.

Symptoms may often include:

–  A baby who is crying a lot

–  Sore nipples

–  A baby who wants to feed all the time and never feels satisfied at the breast

–  Distension of the gut from wind

–  Poor weight gain

–  Clicking when feeding

–  A baby unable to stick its tongue over the bottom lip

–  When the baby is crying the tongue is often in a boat shape

Symptoms such as these are very distressing for a new mother and her new baby

To diagnose tongue tie, wash your hands and make sure your nails are short. Put your finger in the baby’s mouth and slide your finger under the baby’s tongue. You should be able get your finger at least 1.5cm back under the tongue and slide it across to the other side.  Your baby should also be able to stick their tongue out over their bottom lip.

The tongue is a group of muscles and the babies with less severe tongue ties can be treated in the clinic with osteopathic techniques.  Treatment involves exercises for the carers to do at home and hands on osteopathic treatment to treat the musculature of the tongue itself.   Mothers say that after a couple of treatments the symptoms of sore nipples, colic and clicking are often reduced.  The more severe ones may need a frenulectomy (cutting).   We do not do this at our clinic but can refer you to a suitable physician for a frenulectomy.

Babies with tongue tie may also have a restricted neck movement and always sleep to one side.  Please await our next blog….

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Reducing neck and back pain symptoms for office based workers

Posture related neck, headache and back pain are common symptoms that we see as osteopaths at Kane & Ross Clinics, particularly those patients who are sitting for many hours either at a PC, laptop or tablet.

Pain results from the muscles in the neck, shoulders and back getting over-tired as they’re not held in their most natural position. Waste products build up as the muscles are over stretched or shortened and an alteration to the blood flow in the muscle occurs leading to aches and pains.

These symptoms can be helped through osteopathic treatment, exercise and good ergonomic advice.

Even if the workplace provides the option for a work station assessment, it is essential that you sit in your chair in the most supportive way – otherwise neck and back pain symptoms are likely to persist.

Advice on how you can help prevent these posture related pain

– Sit in a supportive office chair with your knees bent at 90 degrees with both feet flat on the ground. Elbows should be bent at 90 degrees with the forearms supported by the desk height. Alter the chair height to accommodate these angles. If your feet do not then touch the floor then use a foot rest to support your lower limbs with the feet flat (avoid angled foot rests). Tilt the base of the chair forward so that your knees are below your hips.

– ensure you sit upright up against the back of the chair with a good lumbar support avoiding slumping the shoulders forward and tucking your chin in

– sit evenly on both buttocks do not cross your legs.

– ensure your computer screen is at eyebrow height, if you are using more than one screen use a plastic mat under your chair and that your main computer screen is directly in front of you. If you can use less screens, do.

– If you use a laptop, use an external keyboard and mouse and place your laptop screen at eye level on a screen stand.

– If you use a tablet users, take regular breaks every 30 minutes and avoid using when sitting in bed / sofa and stand on a table / desk.

– For all desk workers, we recommend taking regular breaks every 30 minutes.

– If you have headaches, neck pain or back pain, get a diagnosis , so that you can find out what the specific problem is and how to deal with it.

For more on desk posture, you could read our recent blog on this. Also please do consider booking an appointment at Kane & Ross Clinics so we can discuss how we can help you.

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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

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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

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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

Hyperventilation Syndrome

Hyperventilation syndrome a name given to a collection of symptoms cause by over-breathing. It is very common, especially in females, asthmatics and those aged 15-55.

When we breathe more quickly and more shallowly than our bodies require, physical changes take place within our body. The level of carbon dioxide in your blood decreases, causing the blood to become more alkaline.

Symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome vary from individual to individual, but can include…

  • Shortness of breath, tightness through the chest and frequent sighing.
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms, fingers, toes or around your mouth.
  • Dizziness, headaches and feeling faint.
  • Palpitations and an increased heart rate.
  • Cold hands and feet, and shivering
  • Sickness and abdominal pain
  • Feeling stressed, tense or anxious

Chronic hyperventilation is generally due to prolonged stress, such as work problems, a bereavement in the family or after a traumatic incident, such as a car crash.

When faced with prolonged stress, the muscles in the upper body tend to become tense. As the nerves supplying the diaphragm originate in this area of the body, this can lead to the diaphragm becoming tight and not functioning fully, leading to the upper thoracic muscles being used for breathing, and causing breathing to become quicker and shallower.

An osteopath will assess your breathing and how your ribs and diaphragm are working. If they believe that you are suffering from hyperventilation syndrome, they may work on your thoracic spine, your diaphragm and your ribs. They may also work on your neck, where the nerves to the diaphragm originate from. They may also give you breathing and relaxation exercises, to help your breathing become slower and deeper.

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