Total Back Care
With the school/summer holidays around the corner, most of you may be gearing up to go on a summer holiday. Why not book in a consultation for your car? As many of us may be travelling long distances to get to airports or holiday destinations, it is important that you do not start the holiday off with back pain!
We do additional portable back supports (e.g. our Rest a Back) that can be used for aeroplanes and trains, and any other sort of seating that you may use on holiday. Selection of our products include:
The Backfriend Back is a very versatile back support that can be used on multiple backrest seating arrangements. This adds support to the lumbar region, thereby opening your posture and preventing ‘slumping’.
A Slimline wedge will provide a pelvic tilt ensuring the hips are higher than the knees, and thus taking strain away from the lower back. This wedge is ideal in the car where seats are often bucketed (for safety reasons) with the knees a lot higher than the hips. Therefore, the seat angle can be reduced. Also, where head room is minimal if the roofing height is lower down, or the person is tall. The wedge includes a fixing strap and is also available with a discrete coccyx cut out.
As many are taking Staycations this year, it is important to remember your neck support pillow to ensure a supportive and good night’s sleep. Often hotels/villas provide poor quality pillows. These can be freely trialled at our Centre under the expert guidance of Jessica or Rob.
Book in for an appointment on 0121 454 3900.
We were able to combine our Directors expertise this week & offer Wine Tasting as part of our Products & Services Showcase Week!
Angela Harrison is WSET 3 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) & Cert.Ed qualified. She’s travelled the world extensively visiting vineyards & meeting the winemakers & loves to share her passion for all things wine. She’s Co-Director of Vine Savvy Ltd as well as her role at Total Back Care.
Visitors to our Showcase Event were able to hone their tasting skills & compete in Wine Quizzes alongside practical demonstrations of the importance of selecting ergonomic equipment correctly on an individual basis.
On offer was a ‘Very Good’ Benjamin Darnault Pique Nique Rose 2017 from Grenache grapes grown high in the Langeuedoc hills of Southern France. Judged to be in the top 19% of wines in the world, it’s fresh, fruity (crushed strawberry, ripe raspberry, whiff of rosehip) off dry & suitable for Vegan & Vegetarian drinkers. Pairs well with lean fish & pasta dishes or simply as an aperitif.
The white offering was a blend of Venezie grapes from Stefano di Blasi – Bianco Trevenezie 2017. Intensely fresh & clean, distinctively fruity & flavoursome compared to other Italian whites. Well balanced with medium length, medium acidity, off sweet. Pairs well with Fish & Salad dishes. Overall a ‘Good’ wine.
Star of the show was the Hacienda Don Hernan Rioja Reserva 2011. An ‘Outstanding’ example of a Spanish Tempranillo with every mouthful brimming with fresh ripe summer strawberries & hints of savoury warming black pepper. Winemaker Rodolfo Bastida has let this wine rest for the optimum time in oak barrels to give it a gorgeously creamy finish – with just a dash of caramel and cedar wood for that extra WOW! Pairs beautifully with grilled lamb chops & other red meats. It is suitable for Vegan & Vegetarian drinkers & can be enjoyed now or laid down for a further ten years.
It’s back to ergonomics for our team next week but we’ve enjoyed sharing our wider knowledge with some of our lovely clients. Maybe we need to do it again?!
May 14th to 18th 2018 9am-5pm
The Studio, 214 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, B16 9PH
What it’s about…
Learn how to break the cycle of poor posture at work – back/neck pain – absenteeism – treatment – poor posture at work – back/neck pain …….
Come & experience for yourself the features & benefits of ergonomic equipment in supporting personnel with musculoskeletal & wider health issues in the workplace.
Learn about presentism & how proactive workplace design can help to prevent absenteeism.
Talk to our expert Consultants about your workplace issues and concerns. We have over 21 years of practical experience & innovative solution strategies.
Tuesday 15th May – VELA Tango Seating Showcase Day – a range of chairs designed to promote comfort, support & independence for disabled clients in the workplace & home.
Whilst you’re at The Studio, experience the benefits of choosing the right neck support pillow for sleeping & trial our range of in-car back supports.
Book a time slot & we’ll ensure a Consultant is available to see you individually. You’ll also be registered for our Showcase Special Offer deals – only valid with a confirmed booking:
*10% off Sit Stand Desks*
*15% off Neck Support Pillows*
*Seat wedge to remove bucket seat in cars. Usually £27 – Showcase Event £20.*
Selecting the right mouse can be important to reduce symptoms of conditions such as RSI, Carpal Tunnel and Tennis Elbow. Some mice are clinically proven to reduce pain in the neck, arms and shoulders. Below showcases a selection of mice that can be trialled in our Showroom.
The DXT mouse is a compact ergonomic mouse that ensures a relaxed hand position with a neutral wrist. This is a versatile mouse which features a unique pen grip, and can be instantly switchable between right and left-handed use. This is great for users who are left/right hand dominant.
The vertical standard mouse holds the hand in a neutral, upright ‘handshake’ position, preventing unnatural twisting of the forearm and wrist (Radius & Ulna). This is ideal for users with Carpal Tunnel or Tennis Elbow. It also provides good finger and thumb support, and features 3 buttons and a scroll wheel.
The trackball mouse has a symmetrical design, making it suitable for both right and left handed users. The mouse can stay stationary on the desk as the trackball controls the cursor, so it keeps the hand comfortable for long periods of time. This is ideal for use with any surface or where there is only limited space available.
Remember it is important to ensure the correct mouse is opted for by getting the support and guidance off our trained Consultants. Please arrange an appointment by ringing 0121 454 3900.
Our height adjustable sit stand desks are proving a popular option to encourage dynamic movement, as the user alternates between the seated and standing position. This can help to relieve existing back pain or prevent future episodes from occurring. If a desk is to be shared between several users (e.g. hot desking), the memory controller incorporated into the desk may be a clever solution as this includes up to 4 memorized height settings. This can save the user hassle of trying to remember their exact seated and standing height.
To ensure you purchase the optimum specification for your needs, call our Consultants who will be happy to assist you.
For many pregnant women back pain is often felt, especially the second trimester onward. This is due to ligaments naturally becoming softer and stretching to prepare the body for labour. Consequently, this can put strain on the joints of the lower back and pelvis, which can cause backache.
In order to reduce this lower back and pelvic pain it is important to keep these areas supported. A simple solution for this can be a portable lumbar support and seat wedge (coccyx cut out/non coccyx cut out) to elevate the hips and encourage an open posture (products seen above). These supports may also be beneficial post pregnancy.
These products can be freely trialled at The Studio or brought to your workplace (fee applicable). Appointment necessary.
We’ve been listening to feedback from some of our Clients, who’d appreciate Consultations either before or after their working day. We’re therefore trialling offering Consultation appointments between the extended hours of 08.00 – 18.00, strictly by appointment.
The Studio’s regular hours remain as 09.00-17.00 but if you’d like an early bird appointment or want to stop off on your way home, give us a call on 0121 454 3900 & we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
With correct chair set up, it is important to get all other aspects of the office workstation right. The European guideline (ISO Standard) advises a neutral position when using a keyboard and mouse. However, when using a full length keyboard this is not achievable.
According to Bakker Elkhuizen, research by Microsoft shows that an active computer user covers 32 km with his or her fingers daily. Therefore, the keyboard is an important part of the computer and this means choosing the right keyboard is vital. With a compact keyboard, the number pad is usually removed to create a shorter than standard type. A neutral position can be adopted as the mouse is bought in closer to the keyboard.
At Total Back Care Centre a range of compact keyboards can be trialled under the guidance of either Dr Rob Harrison or Mrs Jessica Roberts. Please ring on 0121 454 3900 to organise your Consultation.
Nowadays, most people drive and this can have an impact on day to day living. Whilst short journeys may not be problematic, if you drive for long periods of time without taking a break, you may experience back/shoulder/neck pain. One reason for this is incorrect seating set up.
During a Driving Consultation at Total Back Care, you’ll get expert ergonomic advice on the optimal set up for your body in the car you drive. This incorporates making adjustments to a bucketing seat, back angle, steering column height, legroom availability & so on. You’ll also be able to try out a range of seating wedges & lumbar support combinations to ensure both your comfort & support.
This service incurs a £10 inc.vat fee and it is always preferable to let us know you’re coming to ensure the availability of a Consultant. Call Jessica on 0121 454 3900 to make your appointment and parking is available right outside The Studio.