Articles in Ergonomics

Support for Babies Uncomfortable on their Backs

Last week I had a Mum in with her baby who told me about a sleep positioner she had used to help her baby sleep safely on her side, as she was so uncomfortable on her back.

We get lots of babies in the practice with this problem and occasionally recommend sleeping a baby on it’s side, during the day, when they have difficulty or discomfort sleeping on their back. This is usually apparent by a baby fully rotating their head to one side whilst sleeping on their back.

Another issue can be if an infant has tension on one side of their neck and/or flattening on one side of the cranium. This will cause them to continue to sleep on that side, as that is where gravity will pull them. Sleeping them safely supported on their side may help reduce the severity of a positional flat spot. Side sleeping may also be useful in preventing Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiochephaly).

There is much that we as physical therapists can do to help release this tension, including stretches that can be taught for parents to do at home.

If this is something that concerns you about your baby, why not give us a call for a free informal chat, or to book an appointment, we may be able to help.


Advice for sitting at your desk

Did you know that sitting causes more stress to the body than standing?

Standing upright has a pressure of 100kg to the back, where as sitting upright has a pressure of almost 150kg. that’s a 50% increase! So it’s a common misconception that sitting is puts less strain on your back. Lying down face up is the lowest stress to the back.

Sitting in a chair, car or on a couch for a large parts of the day, leaning too far forward to look at a computer monitor or slouching, may cause neck and back aches, stiffness and cartilage compression. This can impair your effectiveness and productivity as well as your health and wellbeing.

While a healthy spine has a slight S-shaped curve, the majority of us slouch into a C-shape when sitting at our desks.

  • Take short 1-2 minute stretch breaks every 20-30 minutes. After each hour of work, take a break or change tasks for at least 5-10 minutes. Always try to get away from your computer during lunch breaks .
  • Avoid eye fatigue by resting and refocusing your eyes periodically. Look away from the monitor and focus on something in the distance.
  • Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms for 10-15 seconds.
  • Use correct posture when working. Keep moving as much as possible.

Best Nappy Changing Technique for New Borns to Reduce Colic

Best Nappy Changing Technique for New Borns to Reduce Colic. Could 99% of those who change diapers be doing it wrong? It is dumbfounding to learn that by pulling a babies legs up with one hand it can be causing nerve interference leading to colic in infants. Written By: Doc John Edwards, DC Read more >>

Posture tips for mums … part 3

Posture tips for mums … part 3

- Off the floor: stand close to your child and, keeping your back straight, drop into a one-leg kneel. Grasp your child with both arms and hold him or her close to your body. Tighten your tummy muscles (pull your belly button towards your spine) and slowly lift using your legs. Reverse this when putting your child onto the floor Read more >>

Laptop and Computer Ergonomics

Here’s a little cartoon to help us sit properly at the computer


10 September 2013

Posture tips for mums… part 2

Posture tips for mums… part 2

- Try not to slouch or ‘collapse’ your spine, keep your back and neck straight and shoulders pulled back
- Always hold your child close to your body
- Try to carry your child in the centre of your body Read more >>

Slings and Carriers for Babies

Slings and Carriers for Babies

There’s a fair bit of conflicting information about these around so i’ll try and put the important points down here, if you have any specific questions, do feel free to contact us us. Read more >>

Posture tips for mums… part 1

Posture tips for mums… part 1

There is a lot to consider here as there are so many activities for new and seasoned mums to consider, Therefore I will be rolling this information out over the next few weeks Read more >>

Holiday Luggage

Holiday Luggage

Holiday season is close and with that comes lugging heavy loads around with us! Try and remember to look after your body when moving and lifting luggage. It is easy to strain your back, shoulder, neck and other areas when not thinking about what you need to move, where you are moving it and if you can manage it. Here are some simple bits of advice to consider: Read more >>

Good Posture While Revising

Revising with good posture

It’s exam time for a lot of kids at the moment. And with that comes long periods of reading, writing, looking at laptops or computers and lots of stress.

Poor revision posture can lead to issues such as neck, shoulder, wrist and back pain. Read more >>