16 Nov November ’22 Newsletter
Kids Physio, Joint Replacement and Tips for Improving your Workspace.
With the arrival of November, we’ve been given a taste of the Summer weather we’re all hoping for (good riddance La Niña!).
As we start to turn our attention to getting fit and more active for Summer, it’s a good time to check in with your body to make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard post winter hibernation. If you’re experiencing any niggles or aches, now is the time to get them checked out.
Our therapists will help tailor your exercise regime accordingly to keep you active and making the most of this beautiful sunshine.
In the early months and years there is a lot going on in our little people, with different kids reaching different milestones at different times.
As parents, we all want our children to play and move in the best way they can and we can often get worried if our little ones aren’t progressing as quickly as others. Often, children will simply catch up in their own time, so a check in and some simple advice to get started is all parents need. Other times, children might require more help getting started or ongoing support for their development. This is where physiotherapy comes in. A paediatric physiotherapist will assess your child to determine whether your child requires assistance or support to get moving and function in their environment. At St Leonards Physiotherapy we use fun and play to help children achieve this.
We have expertise in assessing and treating children from babies through to adolescents, with a wide range of conditions, and offer individual or group sessions across a variety of settings.
Learn more about our paediatric services.
Joint Replacement: How Physio Can Help
Joint replacement is a surgery to replace damaged joints with manufactured parts, most commonly performed on the knee or hip when other treatments have failed. Physiotherapy has an important role to play when it comes to preparation and recovery from joint replacement surgery.
Read our latest blog article for more about:
- Why joints are replaced in the first place, and
- How physio can help you prepare for AND recover from surgery.
Read the full blog post.
To talk to someone about preparing for joint replacement or about recovering from surgery, contact us on (02) 9438 1782 or email email@example.com.
The Education Quarter
OUR TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DESK ERGONOMICS
Whether you work in the office, from home, or a combination of the two, the setup of your desk is important for your health and well-being. Keep reading for our important desk tips to help you feel your best while you work.
Adjust your monitor/s
Having an incorrect screen setup causes you to strain your neck, which may lead to neck pain. Follow our screen setup tips to reduce the risk of neck strain:
- If you are using a laptop, invest in an external monitor that you can adjust to the right height.
- Adjust the monitor so that it is an arm’s length away, directly in front of you.
- When using two monitors, set them up so that they are centred to avoid overturning your head.
- As a guide, the top of the monitor should be at eye level.
Adjust your desk chair
Having an adjustable chair is VERY important to your desk setup. When set up properly, it will minimise the risk of experiencing back pain and strain.
Follow our chair setup tips:
- Move the height of your chair so that your elbows are resting at approximately 90 degrees.
- Your hips should be slightly open.
- Use a foot support if your feet don’t touch the floor (a step or ream of paper may do the trick if you don’t have a suitable footrest).
Use an external keyboard, mouse, and headset
Keep key objects that you use often close to your body to avoid reaching or straining for them.
- Your keyboard should be positioned directly in front of you, about 10cm away from the edge of your desk.
- Your arms and shoulders should be relaxed to avoid any strain.
- Make sure your mouse is close to your keyboard to limit shoulder movement.
- Use a headset or earphones if you are often on the phone to avoid holding it in between your neck and shoulders.
Take regular movement and stretch breaks!
To reduce the risk of injury and strain, remember to get up and move your body often. Aim to get up at least once every hour.
Here are some helpful ways to get moving at work:
- Set a reminder for a quick stretch every hour
- Go for a walk
- Refill your water bottle or glass
- Take a phone call outside
- Organise a walking meeting
Book Your Appointment
If you have any questions or concerns about your desk set up, then give us a call on (02) 9438 1782 or book an appointment online.