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Free advice

Just a note

The reason I give free advices is because in practice I see disable and healthy kids and adults and during assessment I can track back their joint pain or back pain to their story on how they were born, how they learnt to walk or crawl and how they sat as child. A lot of the times it’s all avoidable with simple advice early on. Parents need to understand the views of what to expect from a good posture. I don’t feel the need to charge because it is something that once said to people, they go like oh that makes sense. So I’m just highlighting what they already know.

So as a mom and a physio I want to give my child the best start in life physically that he can have. He has hip problems and I’m constantly watchful but other parents would not know what to do. That is where I want to be! To show them what they already know and help them lead their kids to healthy physical individuals for life!

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Toddler posture awareness for putting shoes on

Toddlers may develop poor posture due to prolonged sitting hours in their day to day lives. Sitting can be accounted for meal times, school, playing, and tv time. If we are not watchful, poor postural behaviour can lead to poor functional

activity, such as putting the shoes on. Will they choose the most core challenging way or the easy way?

In this picture, lifting the leg up for fitting the shoe, will challenge their sitting balance, core stability, flexibility and keeping the hip joint from tightening.

In this picture, the foot is brought to the side of the hip, as in the W sitting position. This does not challenge the core, in fact, it shortens the hip joint and internally rotates the hip. This can lead to core instability, back pain and knee pain problems.

If you think how many times a child puts their shoes on per day, take this as a practice for good habits and challenging the core to maintain healthy posture for life.

If you want to discuss about your child, please feel free to contact me! I’ll be happy to!

Kindly

Robbie

Toddler Sitting Posture Awareness

to adulthood. Also, there is a higher risk

Toddlers will inevitably adapt a Slumped posture when sitting. It’s when the back rounds and bows back and shoulders will round and point forward. This slumped sitting may turn into a comfortable posture but will lead to back, shoulder and neck problems in periods of growth or even into adulthood. Also, there is a higher risk of muscle imbalance leading hip, knee, and ankle problems. There are ways to help your child learn to use the correct posture while playing and sitting. When introduced early in their lives, when they are learning to sit and play simultaneously, this process is easily accepted and seamlessly progressed by the child. However, if trying to change a toddler’s posture after they have used the incorrect one for already a couple of years then careful considerations must be taken into account.

You know your child better then anyone to know how to best introduce changes. It needs to be gentle and repetitive, encouraging and consistent by the parent.

Tips:

1. For toddlers that like to copy others: try sitting in an ideal position as a way of encouraging them to copy you. Ask them to copy you or copy them and then ask them to copy you.

2. For those that aren’t bothered with direct hands-on input: during play, you can gently and slowly change their position. You may use any encouragement or simply say nothing at all. They will eventually adapt to that posture while playing.

3. For those that need verbal input: ask them to change posture. However, you will need to choose a verbal command and introduce while playing so that you can use it when needed.

All those tips can be used interchangeably but I would suggest to stick to one only and be consistent so not to confuse the child.

Teaching them good posture from an early age can help them fall into the risk of back pain in later years!

Enjoy and if you need any tips, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Roberta Cardoso

Bs physiotherapy

For more free tips email me on homephysiotherapytoday@gmail.com

How to encourage safe postural playing in toddlers

Toddlers will inevitably adopt a W sitting. It’s when their knees are bent and instead of their heels being under their bum they are turned out and resting to the sides of their hips. This W sitting may cause hip, knee, and ankle problems and pain as growing up. Also, there is a higher risk of muscle imbalance leading to joint problems later in life. There are ways to help your child learn to use the correct posture while playing. When introduced early in their lives, when they are learning to sit and play simultaneously, this process is easily accepted and seamlessly progressed by the child. However, if trying to change a toddler’s posture after they have used the incorrect one for already a couple of years then careful considerations must be taken into account.

You know your child better then anyone to know how to best introduce changes. It needs to be gentle and repetitive, encouraging and consistent by the parent.

My suggestions of how to encourage changes have not been tried and tested. It’s purely common sense and a true understanding of your own child.

Tips:

1. For toddlers that like to copy others: try sitting in an ideal position as a way of encouraging them to copy you. Ask them to copy you or copy them and then ask them to copy you.

2. For those that aren’t bothered with direct hands-on input: during play, you can gently and slowly change their position. You may use any encouragement or simply say nothing at all. They will eventually adapt to that posture while playing.

3. For those that need verbal input: ask them to change posture. However, you will need to choose a verbal command and introduce while playing so that you can use it when needed.

All those tips can be used interchangeably but I would suggest to stick to one only and be consistent so not to confuse the child.

Teaching them good posture from an early age can help them fall into the risk of back pain in later years!

Enjoy and if you need any tips, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Roberta Cardoso

Bs physiotherapy

For more free tips email me on homephysiotherapytoday@gmail.com

Stretches for Back Pain

This stretch is good for people suffering with back pain. There are a selection of three stretches I recommend for beginners. However please listen to the beginning of each video as it explains the contraindications for doing the stretches.

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Patient Feed Back!

Today marks the end of the first Soothe Your Back Class course! All participants have renewed their place in the class despite having their sciatica pain disappeared. Really great feedback such as this one!”So much more helpful than any other physio session because you explain exactly what is happening to my body as I go through the exercises.” M. S.

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Muscle Memory! 

This is a very good article for people that exercise and train their muscles on a regular basis. However, this also applies to those suffering with back pain. Muscle has memory and through soothe Your Back Pain Program together we will build a whole new set of muscle memory for your back and core muscles with gentle exercises. You can use this memory to retain a healthy state of your back muscles and become pain free! If you slack off for any reason at least you are reassured that you can bring the healthy muscle memory over the painful muscle memory of those back muscles! Call now to join in 07413520961


Worth a read! 
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Keep-fit exercises class in nursing homes

How inspiring these people are to others. So much laughter and happiness all in on place. Please check this video about a nursing home engaging in keep fit classes. Advance the video to the 30 min mark. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08h7s90/the-housing-enforcers-series-4-episode-4

I look forward to introducing this activity with passion to nursing or independent living  home in Cheshire area. Please contact Roberta Physiotherapist on 07413520961 for more information.