Do you have aches and pains from your new baby? Did you know that some of this may be helped by being aware of the positioning of your own body? I am writing to discuss the importance of your body position while feeding your baby. The “Baby Feeding Ergonomics”.

Let’s start by being realistic

You’re never going to be able to achieve a perfect feeding position every time, in every location. Just try your best to work on these where you can. I have yet to find the perfect feeding position when we are on the go. It seems I always end up feeling sore when I am done feeding, be it breast feeding or bottle feeding. Focusing on the two main spots I fed in my home to make sure they were ergonomically correct, allows myself and my son to be the most relaxed and comfortable. PS: if I could feed my son in my car every day I would! It happens to be the most supported seating spot I have.

OTs who work with ergonomics use the rule of 90

This rule states that you want your hip joint and ankle joints to be as close to a 90 degree angle as possible. Additionally you want your ears in a line with shoulders and then in line with your hips. This may sound restrictive and complicated but I promise they are not. Basically you want your hips, bum, back and feet to be supported and your upper body to be in line with your hips. This avoids having your head/ neck hunched forward and is the most comfy position for your hips. It does not mean you can’t put your feet up while feeding. Rather that you might need to use pillows to improve the angle of your hips or the positioning of your back.

Example: when I am feeding my son on the couch I needed a stool to feel comfortable. Otherwise my feet would dangle which put increased pressure on my hips. This would then also cause back pain! The stool allowed me to have my back rest against the couch while maintaining a line between ears, shoulder and hips! My second feeding location is a rocking chair. I added a stool to allow me to be in a more restful position. However I needed a bit more height to the stool still. Adding a throw pillow on top of the stool to make it more ergonomically correct position. If I do not have that pillow I feel it and it doesn’t even give much more height!

But what about my sore arms/shoulders you say?

Well the trick for that is to keep your shoulders down from your ears in a relaxed position. Keep your elbows as close to your body as is comfortable and use your biceps. To use your biceps you want to either have your hands facing upwards or facing inward/towards each other position. As well this is another place where lots of pillows can be very helpful! Even though my son is 15 months now I continue to bottle feed him before bed on our soft nursing pillow because it allows my arms to hold him but it takes some of his weight off of my arms.

I found the more firm breast feeding pillow provided better support when my son was young but as he grew it didn’t allow the best positioning that is when we transitioned to the soft nursing pillow with either the rocking chair arm rest under it or another pillow to allow him to rest in my comfort zone. As he got bigger and transferred to a bottle we mostly used the soft nursing pillows.

These steps might seem like a lot to remember but usually if you take a bit of time to think your positioning through and get the right tools to support you and your baby then your body will feel way more comfortable and it will hopefully help your body feel better! If you are interested in finding out more specifics book an appointment with myself Megan the OT at Warman Physio, or join my online presentation February 12, 2021.

It is another New Year. A time of change and reflection. Last year we wrote our New Year blog with the knowledge that the year was going to be VERY different. Forced changes were happening even as the holidays were gearing up. What we didn’t know is how much of a collective experience having control snatched away would be!

This year it feels that instead of jumping into new resolutions and generalizations of what the year has in store, we are all keeping a close eye on 2021. The new puppy that you aren’t sure won’t wreck those shoes or pee on the carpet. Whatever 2021 had had in store for you, we truly wish that 2021 brings the growth and expansion of happiness and health to all our clients and communities.

Eloquence and gushing are not something that many people find comfortable, including us, however this reflection begs some serious accolades. This past year has shown us that our team is rock solid. We have phenomenal staff. Not only were they able to pick up the slack for Haylie stepping back for her own treatment, but they were able to do this AND navigate a pandemic! Our team had nothing but the health and well-being of our clients and community at the forefront throughout the entire process.

It is for these reasons that we are grateful to 2020. It showed us:
  • We can do hard things (very VERY hard things)
  • Everyone has each others back
  • Continuing as a team and supporting our clients remained a top priority
  • Striking a work/life balance made a big difference in our ability to show up for our clients
  • The adaptability and mental flexibility to move from in-person to virtual services was phenomenal
  • Our values and mission has held strong and true through this whole endeavor

Changes are inevitable. Such massive changes as a collective society is less common. Beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are proud of our clients and community to make this pivot in our social and professional interactions. We have also discovered that some massive changes will not waiver the core values.

Warman Physio will continue to provide:
  1. Exceptional comprehensive and compassionate care
  2. A family friendly and welcoming environment where you are heard
  3. Services across a wide span of providers to best suit your needs

So even though we are all watching our backs waiting to see what 2021 has in store for us, we still plan on going out and exploring the ways we will grow this year.

 

P.S. Did you know we have some new services? Check them out and see how to book:

Virtual Services: Physiotherapy, Dietitian, Counselling

In-person: Fitness, Physiotherapy, Massage, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Counselling

Return of Haylie to Practice: Virtual exclusive

Talking toddler on the phone

Talking toddlers can have a wide variety of ability. Do you ever wonder if your toddler is on track with their speech and language development?

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada has outlined some things to look for with talking toddlers.

 

18 to 24 months:

Talking toddler learning animal names

  • Understand more words than he/she can say
  • Say two words together (e.g., More juice)
  • Ask simple questions (e.g., What’s that?)
  • Take turns in a conversation

24 to 36 months:

  • Use sentences of three or more words most of the time
  • Understand different concepts (e.g., in-on; up-down)
  • Follow two-part directions (e.g., take the book and put it on the table)
  • Answer simple questions (e.g., Where is the car?)
  • Participate in short conversations

Talking toddler playing with mom

If you’re concerned about your toddler’s speech and language development, we can help!

Assessment and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders are now offered at the clinic with Jill Morgan!

With summer coming to a close, this commonly finds people craving routine. Summer is a fabulous time for cold treats and less structure around mealtimes (wiener roasts at any time of day, road-side lunches, and last-minute-what-do-we-BBQ dinners). With school and sport activities set to start, there’s a real desire to get our food situation back into a routine – and I’m here to help. Let’s dive into sport nutrition.

Dietitians specializing in sport nutrition are required to combine multiple knowledge and skill areas to support growing athletes. This includes clinical nutrition (i.e., medical history, prescription and non-prescription medications, blood work, growth history, food symptoms, etc.), nutritional science (i.e., metabolism, micronutrient, macronutrients, food science), and exercise physiology (i.e., how metabolism is affected by exercise). No matter the level of competition, recreational to high performance, I’m passionate about working with young athletes to develop nutrition habits. Not only to support their sport performance but also encourage healthy growth and development.

Young athletes engage in sport for a variety of reasons: socialization, mental well-being, competition, physical activity, and fun! I think sport can be an excellent platform for young athletes to begin to get curious about food and motivated to fuel their bodies with quality foods.

Have you wondered what a sport dietitian can do for your young athlete? Here are some ways I can help:

  • Do you know your child/teen isn’t getting enough energy (calories), carbs, protein, and fat to support their training but are unsure where to start?
  • Never mind food, does your child/teen get enough fluids throughout the day, especially on game day or heavy training days?
  • Is your young athlete disinterested in grocery shopping/food-prep/cooking and missing the link between food and performance?
  • Is your young athlete consistently injured/ill throughout his/her competitive season?
  • Maybe you have a picky eater, or do food intolerances/allergies make meal planning and snacking difficult in your household?
  • Do you have concerns about your young athlete’s growth and development?

The recent slow-down brought to us by the global pandemic has demanded that we all press “pause”. Depending on the sport, things may have continued seamlessly or come to a complete halt. Or perhaps you’ve landed somewhere in the middle and you’re making less trips to the rink and spending less time commuting. With sport conditioning and training occurring less frequently, now is a great time to seek professional support to help your young athlete reach his/her goals.

Heather is passionate about working with individuals to find the perfect plan to improve health and perform at their best. Originally from Regina, Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Science from the University of Otago (New Zealand). In New Zealand, Heather was a private practice dietitian, consulting for the Otago Rugby Union and the Otago ITM Cup rugby team. In her role she was responsible for one-on-one nutrition assessment, body composition analysis, group education sessions, cooking classes, and menu-planning for travelling teams. Upon returning to Canada in 2014, she has worked with a variety of sporting groups including soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and hockey. She’s located at Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, and offers in-person and virtual services on Wednesday afternoons.

 

 

I am truly grateful for the amazing team we have at Warman Physio. Through all the COVID changes we have been able to work together and make the necessary changes (nearly) seamlessly. We are so thankful for our amazing clients that have been understanding and accommodating with all the new policies and procedures. Without the support of our community we wouldn’t be able to continue to function during these stressful times. However, we all know life doesn’t stop and issues don’t resolve because of viruses! Those that have been hoping for an SLP right here in Warman are in luck!

Welcome Jill Morgan SLP!

We are thrilled to be bringing Jill to the team at the clinic to work along side our therapists. She is kind, understanding and compassionate with her clients and passionate about what she does!

About Jill and Custom Speech Therapy:

Jill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders.  She is a registered practicing member with SASLPA, and holds memberships with SAC and ASHA.  She has been a practicing Speech Pathologist for over 10 years.

Jill has spent the majority of time serving children under age 6 with a variety of needs. From very mild speech and language delays to more significant developmental delays and complex medical needs. She also has experience working with older children and teens.

Originally from Saskatoon, Jill has an understanding of the unique challenges that exist in Saskatchewan with so much space and a small population.

“I find the variety in this work fascinating and rewarding. I believe strongly in the important role of caregivers. Supporting parents and caregivers to use the strategies taught in therapy increases the benefit of each appointment.” – Jill Morgan, SLP

What is an SLP?

A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) helps enhance speech, language, interaction and feeding skills.

Expect to hear more about SLP and when it is appropriate to seek her services at the clinic!

To book an appointment contact Jill directly HERE