Episode 14 Bad posture? Here's Help

Episode 14 Think you have ‘Bad Posture’? Here’s Help

If you think you have ‘Bad Posture’ then be encouraged!

In episode 14 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast’, Physio Kym Siddons celebrates World Physiotherapy Day, along with ‘Women’s Health Week’ by addressing a concern so many women ask her for help with…
‘Poor Posture’.

So Kym talks about how it’s never too late to improve your postural alignment, your spinal flexibility and strength- you you can feel confident, more capable and reduce strain in your back and neck.

Now that’s worth celebrating!

Common concerns people have about their posture are
– rounded shoulders
– a slouched back
– an increased ‘hump’ at the base of their neck

Kym chats about what does and doesn’t constitute ‘poor posture’, and inspires you in how you can make small, simple adjustments throughout your day that will make a real difference over time.

She talks you through how to position yourself in a healthy posture while you sit or stand

+ directs you to her ‘Best Desk Stretches and Exercises’ video that will instruct you in targeted stretches and exercises to improve your spinal flexibility and strength.

You can find these at www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au

She then goes on to help you establish healthy posture habits, becoming more aware of when you’re not in a healthy posture, then repositioning yourself, and moving more regularly while you’re sitting.

Episode 14 Bad posture? Here's Help

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep7 Reducing Neck & Shoulder Soreness

If you feel tightness or tension in your neck, shoulders or upper back at your desk, then Episode 7 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast is especially for you!

Physio Kym Siddons shares some tips that help reduce soreness and stiffness in your neck, upper back and shoulders by

  • easing load on our muscles and joints through better posture and positioning
  • stretching in targeted ways
  • switching on pain-relieving muscles
  • adjusting your ergonomic setup

She dives into quick and easy posture tips

PLUS some exercises you can do at your desk, in meetings or in the car.

Join Physio Kym in a FREE 5 day ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ challenge to find out even more ways you can feel & function your best at your desk!

Join the FREE Be Fit 2 Sit Challenge on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

Get a Sore Low Back Sitting?

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep#6 Get a Sore Back when you Sit?

If you ever feel pain, stiffness or soreness in your low back and hips when you sit, you’re not alone.

Yet, there are many simple things you can do to lessen the strain on your back and hips, preventing and minimising discomfort… so you can feel and function at your best!

In Episode #6 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, Physio Kym Siddons shares

  • How a little bit of targeted movement can reduce back and hip pain
  • Simple stretches and exercises to help your back when sitting
  • Ways to setup your desk furniture to reduce load on your back and hips
  • Chair settings to look for that can help your back

Join Kym for 5 days of targeted Desk Exercises in May in the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ FREE Challenge, which you can do HERE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

Be Fit 2 Sit Episode #1 Why Be Fit 2 Sit?

Welcome to the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast!
I’m your host, Physiotherapist Kym Siddons and I hope to equip and encourage you as we talk about healthy exercise, ergonomics, posture and practical self-care strategies to help you feel and function your best at your desk- and beyond!

If you’re a student, parent or teacher; a worker or a leader who spends a fair bit of time at your desk, or using screens, then this podcast is for you!

In this first episode, I share the heart behind the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast and why I want to start a converstation to help millions of students and workers ditch the drain, strain and pain of sitting at a desk.

I also share how listening will help you
– feel more energised
– with posture tips to take strain off your body
– with healthy ergonomics to setup your desk for success
– with targeted stretches and exercises to relieve strain and pain
– develop healthy habits to offset the side effects of sitting

We start a conversation about developing ‘Physical resilience’ so we can improve our confidence and capability, along with a healthier mind and body.

If you’d like to access my 4 best desk exercises to kickstart you feeling awesome at your desk, go to www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au and follow the prompts to download the free video.

Thanks for joining me for ‘The Be Sit 2 Sit’ Podcast!
For more resources that will help you, your colleagues and your family members ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ head over to my website kymsiddonsphysio.com.au.

I have a Free Video showing you the 4 best exercises and stretches you can do to feel and function your best at your desk- and beyond- PLUS options for you to access me for student and worker wellbeing workshops and programs tailored to suit you or your community’s needs. Here’s to your health and happiness!

Relieve Neck, shoulder and upper back Pain & Strain with this awesome exercise

I know many of you have been working and studying from home, and I’ve been seeing so many of my clients suffering aches & pains, wondering if there’s relief in sight for their posture and their bodies.

I can’t tell you what’s going to happen with your return to ‘normal’ in your office or school, but I can tell you one thing…
There is relief for your body and your posture just around the corner!

I filmed a short video to show you my favourite exercise that helps relieve stiffness and soreness in your upper back, neck and shoulders, PLUS it immediately improves your posture, stretching out your slouch and switching on your
‘anti-slouching’ muscles.

Butterfly Exercise to relieve neck, back and shoulder pain

At the end of the video I share a way that you can get personal mentoring with me for a super low price
(Even less than a normal physiotherapy consultation!)
… because I want to help you ditch your strain & pain, to return from ‘coronavirus’ hibernation feeling better than ever!

Next week I’m kicking off a new Mentoring Program called the…
DRUMROLL…

‘Posture Boost & Pain Relief’ Online Program

We kick off on May 25th with an online workshop where we can address your posture and pain problems, each week over 4 weeks.
I’ll show you all the best strategies to relieve tightness & tension plus address all YOUR unique posture issues 
It’s interactive so you get to ask any questions you’ve been dying to ask AND get tailored advice.
To find out more and book your spot,
head to the‘Posture Boost & Pain Relief Program’ info page

I’ve also got a special discount code for you, for being part of my valued community!
So enter the code * LAUNCH50 * at the checkout and get $50 off the price…
making the whole package of mentoring session + access to ONGOING Online Course Resources just $147

Inside the Posture Boost & Pain Relief’ Online Program you’ll receive:

Each week, over 4 weeks, Kym will walk you through her tried and tested posture & pain relief principles…
Giving you practical advice that you can action immediately and get all your questions answered!

Topics for our Mentoring Workshops

  • Week 1 ‘Relieving Strain, Pain & Drain’ Strategies, Stretches & Exercises you can easily fit into your day to provide relief from stiffness & soreness + boost your energy levels
  • Week 2 ‘Practical Posture tips to ease tension & boost confidence’ Get to know your unique posture, how to stretch effectively and strengthen your ‘anti-slouch muscles’
  • Week 3 ‘Your Ergonomically Friendly Desk Setup’ Let’s setup your workspace to take more strain off your body
  • Week 4 ‘Healthy Habits for life’ Develop good habits while you work, use phones/ tablets, driving, even doing the housework, PLUS MORE QUICK & EASY EXERCISES!
PLUS you also receive:
Access to the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ online course resources, providing ongoing access to Posture & Ergonomic advice, Desk Exercises & Stretches so you feel your best at your desk- and beyond!
If that sounds good to you
check it out and reserve your place now!

Or if you think of someone who might benefit, I’d love you to share this blog post or the video with them.
I’d be happy to honor the discount code for them too.

I really can’t wait to help heaps of people turn their stiff and sore postures around, so they feel awesome and energised…

Cheering you on to better health!
Physio Kym SIddons

Working from Home Ergonomic and Posture Tips

With the outbreak of the corona virus, many more of us are suddenly working from home.

Perhaps your workstation setup is less ergonomically friendly than in your office and you’re wondering how best to set yourself up successfully?

There are some quick and easy principles you can follow to keep strain and pain off your body, so I filmed this video for you to watch.

Ergonomic and posture tips working from home

So take a look at these quick and easy, also inexpensive tips that will help you feel fabulous and stay productive working from home.

If you’d like to get your hands on my favourite stretches and exercises to do at your desk to take strain off your body and improve your flexibility you can grab them here.

How to choose a Schoolbag that’s good for your student’s posture and back

Are you getting your kid’s bags packed and ready for the start of the new school year in 2020?

One of the things parents often ask me is if their student’s school bag might be making their posture worse, or causing them strain and pain.

The short asnwer is ‘YES”. There are a number of ways that bags can contribute to poor posture and strain on children’s bodies.

The good news is there are also a number of things we can do to help minimise this strain and improve their posture 🙂

 

Firstly, choose a bag that helps them distribute weight more evenly across their back.

A backpack is obviously ideal, and even better is a backpack that has a waist strap. This can keep the weight of the bag closer to their back (especially helpful when they’re running!) and distribute some weight lower around their hips and pelvis, taking some load off their shoulders.

 

A satchel with an adjustable shoulder strap is the next best choice. The longer strap allows weight of the bag to be distributed across the body on both sides. The strap whould be longer rather than shorter, to keep the weight close to the pelvis. When the weight is dangling down around the legs it’s very hard to walk evenly.

 

Next, talk with your student about how it’s best for them to carry their bag.

It’s all very well to have selected a great looking bag that should, in theory, help their posture and unload their back and shoulders, but the way they carry it on a daily basis is possibly the most important factor.

We’ve all done it- slung our backpack over one shoulder so we end up taking all the weight through one side!

The key to success is their understanding that carrying their bag unevenly makes a BIG difference. Getting into the habit of putting both straps of a backpack on, or slinging a shoulder strap over their head and across their body takes so much strain off their back and shoulders. 

The more often they can remember to wear their bag properly the better- little healthy choices all add up to help them feel less strain and improve their posture.

 

Finally, try to limit their load. 

The lighter the bag the better… so if they need to use textbooks for home study, see if you can source some second hand ones to stop them needing to carry them to and from school.

Lighter tablets and laptops help, as does clearing out the junk in the bottom on their bag regularly 😉

Lots of gentle reminders during the school term and encouragement when you see them doing the right thing will help.

REmember, kids are only human, and the best prompt for making change will happen when their start to feel their symptoms… so if they’re complaining of a sore neck, back or shoulders, that’s your cue to help them problem solve the ‘Why’?

The wrong bag, worn incorrectly and loaded up, can be part of their problem. Other factors could be their device or desk setup,  poor strength and flexibility, or simply spending too long sitting. These are worth asking about, and you’re welcome to reach out and ask me any questions.

If their soreness or tightness persists, even at a low level please seek help for your student- there’s often a quick and easy solution!

If you’d like some exercises for your family members to do at their desk to help lessen pain and improve their posture and productivity just click on the button below.

Here’s to a fantastic year ahead for you and your students in 2020!

Suffering Neck tension & Sore Shoulders? The BEST NECK STRETCH EVER will help you!

Still suffering with tense, tight neck muscles from the end of financial year push or end of semester exams?

You’re not alone!

Students and workers alike are feeling the pinch- literally- in their neck, upper back and shoulders 😖

If you’re keen for relief and want the most effective stretch I know of to stretch out those knots then take a couple of minutes to watch this short video…

You’ll feel your neck and shoulders unwinding in no time!

There’s a very specific way you can help your muscles release and stay looser for longer 😃, so make sure you know how!

Click this link to the best neck stretch you’ll ever get or click on the picture below


Stretch out knots in your neck and shoulders

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Strategy #2 for setting yourself up for Success at your desk

Keen to feel less Pain, Strain and Drain- so can feel at your Best and Be more Productive- at your desk?😁
Here’s strategy #2 to help you with just that! 

It’s a quick tip to kickstart your week the right way!

 

Strategy #2 to set yourself up for success at your desk

Click on the picture above or Click here to get the low down on Tip # 2 to feel amazing while you beaver away at your desk!

If you and your team would like a lunch n learn or practical workshop that walks you through targeted exercises and tips that help you boost your brainpower, energy levels and unwind tight muscles… feel free to reach out to me 😊

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Strategy #1 for Setting yourself up for Success at your desk

My 31 strategy to set yourself up for success at your desk! 😀
Discover How to Feel your Best and be far more productive with this Top Tip, plus a bonus awesome desk exercise! ✅

End of Semester and the End of Financial Year is fast approaching and you might well be feeling the strain and drain of sitting at your desk more than usual? 😳

This is the first of 5 key steps to beating fatigue and fighting off sore muscles that I can’t wait to share with you👍

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