Our recent article published in SuperPARENTS in Chinese with our Osteopath, Elaine Ward.
If you think that breast feeding your baby is good for you and your baby, you are not wrong. You bond with your baby; feeding helps you lose weight and gives protection to the baby from many diseases like allergies, gastrointestinal complaints; it also contributes to better neurological development. Feeding your baby is helpful to you, too. Mothers who breast feed are at lowered risk of suffering from various cancers, osteoporosis, hip fractures, arthritis, diabetes and post-natal depression.
For the newborn, the mother’s milk or colostrum is thinner but packed with leukocytes that confer immunity to the newborn against many illnesses. This has been proven by research. What is startling is that mother’s milk may actually change in response to the physical needs of the baby.
Osteopathy focuses on treating patients through a unique philosophy of understanding what makes people unwell. It places a strong emphasis on the interconnectedness of the various systems of our body and how this determines our health. Health is not static but is a minute to minute, day to day dynamic expression of a well functioning organism.
The world of food nutrition and dietary science is one that is full of contradiction and misinformation.
Here is a guideline we work with to help our patients make better food choices.
It can be daunting at first when we first begin questioning our modern food culture.
Our work environment is heavily reliant on computers, laptops and tablets, whilst our technology brings us unprecedented prodcutivity and efficiency, it also brings with it its fair share of work related musculoskeletal strains and sprains.
And if you have children, it is important that you start early to foster a healthy postural relationship together with them with their gagdgets. (Read here on how to setup laptops in schools.)
When you hold your newborn baby in your arms, whatever other feelings you may experience, one overwhelming urge is the need to protect and keep them safe. As a parent you may be susceptible to suggestions of what is best for your child as you would do anything that you deemed of benefit to them.
Many people these days have heard that cranial osteopathy can be of benefit to babies addressing various issues from colic to sleeping, fussiness to feeding. But what exactly is it? And how does it help? Having an understanding of what newborn babies go through can help towards parents making the decision as to whether or not it is an approach they want to try.
The new school year is all of a sudden upon us and with it comes the inevitable packing of even more books into your child’s backpack. As they get older the textbooks get fatter and it is important to ensure that they have an appropriate bag for their needs. Poorly fitted or badly packed school bags can lead to spinal injuries which may continue into adulthood.
Here are some tips to help decrease the load on your child’s spine:
1. Choose a good backpack and ensure it is the correct size
Some of the following features should be considered when selecting your childs backpack
2. Fit the backpack correctly
3. Pack the backpack properly and teach your child how to pack it properly
Image Credit: Backpack fashion by Jens Rost. Used under a creative commons license.
Photo by andcombust, Creative Commons.
It’s not easy being a mother running around looking after everybody and keeping everyone happy and healthy. On our Open day, we have a few workshops that we think can be useful for you to help looking after yourself and those who are in your care.
With the common colds, coughs and flus, head and neck infections, there is a simple technique that you can perform at home as parents to help with your child’s recovery. It works with the lymphatic system (the body’s own policing system for infections which is an important component of our immune system.
Another common issue we are seeing in children is the increasing number of postural strains in neck and shoulders. There is no doubt a correlation with our increasing use of iProducts and sitting based activities. Our Osteopath Elaine who is a mother of 3 herself, will be sharing with you her experience dealing with postural issues in her children and her patients. She will also talk about ergonomics, growing pains and exercises you can do with your children.
One aspect of women’s health that is often overlooked is the health of the breast tissue. Akin to all living tissue of our body, it requires a certain amount of mobility and flexibility for it to function optimally. With our long hours of sitting and emotional stresses, we end up with overly contracted tight chest, head and neck muscles. Overtime these will impact adversely the physiology and health of the head, neck and chest. Postural strains aside, it may negatively impact on the physiology of the breast tissue – its ability to regulate its own tissue health (especially with the lymphatic system) and its milk producing property.
Marcia, our massage therapist will discuss her experience working with breast tissue in nursing mothers, women have had growths in their breasts and post surgical cases. Also, things that you can do at home to ensure the healthy function of your breasts.
If you or your friends are interested in coming on Saturday 25 April to attend these workshops, please call or register here.
City Osteopathy Hong Kong
Open Day Workshop 25 April 2015
With 3 kids herself, Elaine knows full well the pressure of bringing up children in Hong Kong. Not only are the children scheduled to the max with all sorts of activities but as they get older, the amount they have to carry around in their school bags is a constant worry.
Elaine will conduct a workshop covering some of the issues busy children in Hong Kong may face. She will give parents a few guidelines on things to look out for and also some simple exercises they can take their children through to alleviate tired muscles from sport or from simply sitting at a desk too long.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.cityosteopathy.com.hk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20130823-54-4-ELAINE-cropped.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Elaine is a registered Osteopath from the UK specialising in paediatrics and women’s health. She enjoys treating people of all ages from newborn to the elderly.[/author_info] [/author]
Our children’s growing and developing spine is at its most vulnerable during the school years where it can be easily affected by poor posture.
A recent study of 7500 school aged students in Australia has found that 25% or 1 in 4 of our children suffers from some kind of back and/or neck pain at any one time. It is found that this is caused by a combination of poor posture, the use of computers and school bags.
With a little parental guidance and education, we can help prevent spinal stress and dysfunction that causes pain, which may subsequently affect study and participation in sport and recreation. By adopting good ergonomics in using laptops, we will encourage good posture, proper sitting and minimises harm to our spinal health.
Some Tips for you and your children when using laptops:
Laptops should not be used on the lap. It is best to work with your laptop on a proper desk or table to minimise bad posture and the amount of strain on your neck and shoulders.
Use a document holder if possible to reduce strains to the neck. Place it in front or next to the monitor to prevent eye and neck strain.
Invest in a laptop stand. One that is height adjustable so that the monitor is at eye level. It reduces neck strain and helps to place the body in a neutral position.
Position the laptop in an environment away from the reflective glare of windows or surrounding light sources.
Keyboard and Mouse
Prevent repetitive strain injury and promotes ciruclation to our wrists and fingers by lifting up the wrists so that they are slightly flexed during typing.
Use an external keyboard and mouse in conjunction with the laptop stand. If possible adjust your keyboard, mouse or desk at the same level as the elbows so the forearms are parallel to the thighs when the feet are flat on the floor. This helps maintain blood flow in the hands and arms and decreases muscle strain and tension.
Use a height and seat adjustable chair. Use a height and seat adjustable chair to encourage good posture. The height of the chair should be adjusted so the elbows are at the level of the desk or keyboard. Angle the seat of chair down so that the knees are lower than your hips. The seat should not extend more than 2 thirds of your thigh.
Use a foot stool if your feet do not reach the floor. This helps avoid pressure on the back of the thigh and maintains good circulation.
Our body is poorly designed for sitting and using laptops. The amount of neck and shoulder pain are directly proportional to the amount of time we spend using them. After every 20 minutes on the laptop, we should take a break and walk around for a few minutes.