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Sitting up Straight can actually make you happy as well - Posture Care .

Sitting up Straight can actually make you happy as well?













Posture Care

Think about this for a moment, do you have poor posture and positioning whilst sitting, walking and standing. And perhaps also like me, remember as a child in school being constantly told to sit up straight. And today as an adult it’s one of those things you keep in the back of my mind as something, we know we should do, but never get around to, like eating more vegetables and going to the gym.

However surprisingly current research is showing how our posture affects us, in different ways. If you’re like me and actually half the population (a current study stated that half the UK population suffered from bad posture or back pain caused by bad posture) and struggle to sit up straight when you know you should, you might like this post.

So, ok the way we stand, sit and walk, has more longer reaching implications on our mood and happiness than we thought.  Our Body language also plays an important part in this as it is also closely link to our posture.

Erik Peper a Dutch behavioural scientist has done extensive research into this area, as well as experiments with his students.  He regularly makes participants in his classes stand up and stretch as standard practise throughout the sessions.  

Here are his three fascinating things that happened once our posture changes and during Erik Peper’s live experiments:


  1.     He noted that when we sit up straight, we are more likely to remember positive memories or think of      something positive in general, according to this experiment.      
  2.     Another insight was that if we skip during breaks, we can significantly increase our energy levels. A          slow, slumped walk on the other hand, can do the exact opposite and drain us of our energy.


  1.     The study also found that those who were most affected by depression before the study found their          energy drained more than others.


So Erik Peper is convinced from his research that we should keep a careful eye on our posture and body language—and can bring us down without us realizing.

So clearly, our posture also has more to do with our minds then we realised. And in fact, it seems like our bodies come first—when we alter our posture and body language, it subconsciously influences our thinking and decision-making.

So, let’s think positive and think how to improve our Posture.

So if we all now want to take advantage of these proven benefits to living a healthier and happier life , here’s what to consider regards our posture and body language .


 Here are the most common areas to consider:




Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of research into how exactly to adopt good posture—a lot of what we now know tends to come from being told simply to “sit up straight” as a child unfortunately – clearly more useful advice today then learning “algebra” anyway.


Many of us now have jobs that do require us to spend time working at desks or driving, so knowing how to sit with good posture is certainly important and beneficial to one’s health and our welfare. That said don’t forget the human body was built to move, not spending 8 hours at a computer or long hours in a car. Like Erik Peper promotes move about, stand up and stretch regularly or whenever possible.


 Here’s are our 5 Tips for a Proper Sitting Posture to help.


  1.     Hips to the back of your chair. Move your hips as far back into the chair as they can go. ...
  2.     Use a lumbar support and positioning cushion. ...
  3.     Thighs and forearms parallel to the floor. ...
  4.     Work with your elbows at your sides. ...
  5.     Look straight ahead and do not forget to smile.!




As you can see from point 2 on our Tips a Lumbar support and positioning cushion are a great idea to help posture and welfare, and help us manage correct positioning and seating.




Repton Medical have a great range of specialist positioning and posture management products to help.  




Visit their website today or give them a call 01909 724890
















Stay Safe this Winter - Think Fall Prevention

Stay Safe this winter – Think Fall Prevention






Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.

Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

Most falls do not result in serious injury. But there's always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence.

We are also heading towards the cold winter months and difficult weather conditions – slippery paths and icy conditions. So, you need to consider a fall prevention strategy for the months ahead and stay safe.








Here are Repton Medical's Top 7 suggestions for preventing falls in the elderly during the Winter months and staying safe.



  1.     Plan ahead. When possible, plan trips around the weather. If you do not need to go out, don’t go out. Wait for the weather and travel conditions to          become clear.
  2.     Allow enough time to get where you are going. The chances of falling increase when you rush and use less caution.
  3.      Exercise caution when getting into and out of vehicles and your home. Always hold securely to a door or another person.
         Take the path of least resistance. Look for the safest route to your location, including the paths into buildings. Choose alternate routes when necessary.
  4.      Ask for help. Ask someone to help you navigate slippery or unsafe paths.
  5.     Wear the right clothes - warm and dry . Wear gloves if necessary , to keep hands free for stabilization and balance.
  6.    Wear appropriate footwear inside and outside. Consider slipper’s and sock’s thread and gripper protection. Extra protection can be worn.  Wear shoes      or boots with rough-textured soles that provide good grip in all kinds of weather conditions. 
  7. Keep Warm and dry at all times. Look after yourself and help protect your heat.



Repton Medical have an amazing range of products to help and prevent falls in the home.


Visit our website today.…


Helping Breast Feeding Mothers !


MamaSafe - Helping Breast Feeding Mothers!


Why MamaSafe?

Many mothers suffer from sore nipples during the lactation period. Unfortunately, and despite the best of intentions, continuous feeds can cause nipples to become very sore as little one begins to suckle.

Initially, nipples become irritated and the natural swelling can lead to open cracks and very uncomfortable inflammation.
As the body heals, the wound dries and scabs form which are then torn off when your baby starts to feed again.

This is just the start of an unpleasant and painful cycle that often causes Mums to stop breastfeeding early, denying the child the very best of start in life.

In the worst-case scenario, breastfeeding can be discontinued prematurely due to the pain becoming unbearable for the feeding mother.

MamaSafe is designed specifically to help by protecting the nipple and support the healing process in a natural and simple way. Therefore, preventing the need to use plasters or other adhesive bonding that could further damage your skin, cause major discomfort and/or catch on your clothing and do more damage to your nipples.

The special 3cm thick foam donut ring design ensures that there is enough distance from any material which could come into unwanted contact with sore nipples.


When do I use MamaSafe?

You can use our MamaSafe nipple protectors not only for inflamed nipples but also for preventive purposes during the entire lactation period. Thanks to, MamaSafe, your sensitive nipples won't get irritated unnecessarily through contact with clothing or a nursing bra.

How do I apply MamaSafe?

Place the MamaSafe protective nipple ring on the breast so that the nipple is situated in the centre of it.
The red and blue bands around each MamaSafe pad help to identify which nipple they have been used on previously. Always use the same pad on the same nipple to avoid cross-contamination.
MamaSafe rings can be conveniently placed under the bra and support a safe and fast healing environment.

What are the made of?

MamaSafe nipple protector rings are made of breathable and absorbent materials (cotton and foam material) that are gentle to your skin.
They can be safely disposed of along with your other household waste. Each pair of MamaSafe nipple protector pads are packed inside sealed packaging.

Manufacturer's note

For reasons of hygiene we recommend replacing MamaSafe rings daily or whenever they get too dirty. We advise that you do not try to re-use nipple protector rings should they become soiled.


Repton Medical and MamaSafe is dedicated to helping mothers with breast feeding – aiding and supporting them throughout this amazing time!


Visit either our website; or

Or simply - Call one of our team direct on ; 01909 724890


Hand Therapy- Tis the season to be uncomfortable
Shower Guards

Perfect Protection for Casts and Dressings – September 2018


After the initial trauma of a breakage or wound damage to a limb, perhaps the next step in your recovery journey is trying to get your life back to some form of normality whilst wearing a plaster cast or dressing.

Everyday tasks need to be reconsidered and thought about, and unfortunately the things we take for granted such as pain management, movement and mobility are not the issues to plan for.

The patient needs to consider the actual plaster cast or dressing itself apart from regularly assessment by a Health Care Professional, it will need care and attention to aid the recovery process.

For example, something as simple as not getting your non-waterproof casts or dressing wet whilst showering, washing and bathing is crucial, and especially in a younger or elderly patient’s.  

As a result of the conventional padding inside a cast getting wet, it won't dry. Neither will the skin next to it. That can cause significant problems, including skin infection, skin death and sometimes permanent scarring. So, they always would need to be recovered immediately and replaced if they are water damaged at all.

Protection for the casts and dressings is crucial to aid recovery, whilst maintaining a healthy life and recovery.

Shower Guards give that protection, they are a clean and waterproof protection guard for anyone who has recently had surgery and is currently wearing a cast, bandage or dressing. Whilst wearing a shower guard, you would be able to shower, bathe and wash without the worry that the cast or dressing will be damaged or cause further complexions.

Shower guards are very easy to use and can be fitted perfectly by anyone, even with an injury or plastered limb, such as an arm or leg . They are easily applied with a single hand and therefore great for the younger and older patient.


Repton Medical have a range of Shower Guard protection for Hands, Feet, Arms and Legs, visit the website today

Or Call the team for advice; Tel ; 01909 724890 .

Hip Fractures and Hip Protectors

Hip Fractures and Hip Protectors


Did you know?

Hip fractures cost the NHS around £2 billion annually.

There are approximately 65,000  hip fractures each year in the UK, which leads to around 4000 hospital beds being occupied by hip fracture patients, at any one time. There are 71% of patients who receive surgery within two days of their hip fracture, and the average stay in hospital after surgery is between 19 and 20 days.

This puts extra pressure on the NHS as they require more staff to ensure that safe care is being provided, meaning it costs more money to pay for the extra staffing that is required.

Generally patients with hip fractures will need an air mattress. There can be a high demand for air mattresses, because patients with hip fractures have reduced movement, which means pressure sores have to be prevented. If there aren’t enough air mattresses, then a patient with a hip fracture, has to be turned ever two hours, to help prevent pressure sores. This takes a minimum of two staff members, to a maximum of four staff members. So pressure is put upon staff members to ensure that patients are receiving the upmost care.


Hip Fractures:

The cause of Hip fractures are often by either a fall or a direct blow to the side of the hip. If you have a medical condition, (Osteoporosis, Cancer or stress related injuries). Your hip bone can be weakened, which means you could be at a higher risk of a hip fracture.

Symptoms of a Hip fracture:

-          You are unable to move immediately after a fall.

-          You get severe pain in your hip or groin.

-          You get bruising, swelling and stiffness around your hip.

-          You are unable to stand or put weight on your leg.


Preventing Hip Fractures:

-          Ensure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

-          Participate in regular exercise to strengthen your bones and improve your balance.

-          Make sure that your home is safe, ensuring that you have no objects on the floor that could make you trip over or cause a fall.



 Using Hip Protectors:

Hip Protectors can prevent broken bones or hip fractures. They help to reduce the impact of a fall and lower the likelihood of a hip fracture. A lot of Hip Protectors feature impact absorbing foam pads over the critical hip fracture area, which help protect against fall related injuries.

Hip protectors are designed to be comfortable and suitable to also wear when sleeping, in case of a fall out of bed. They are also designed to provide extra cushioning for the individual.  

Hip protectors would be very beneficial to elderly people who are at a high risk of falling, whether that may be at home, or in a care home.

Specialists in Seating and Positioning Aids



     Specialists In Seating and Positioning Aids


Good Posture

The word ‘posture’ is by which a person holds their body by sitting or standing. The importance of good posture is to keep your bones and joints in the correct position to ensure that your muscles are being used correctly. Good posture aids the decrease in abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could lead to arthritis, and it also prevents your spine developing an abnormal position.

Good posture helps with your respiratory and digestive system and it also helps promote many other health benefits.

Poor Posture

Poor posture can damage your back and cause poor digestion when sitting, standing or laying incorrectly, this can compress your digestive organs, leaving them unable to function as they should. Not only can this be very uncomfortable, it can also lead to ill health problems, having poor posture can also restrict oxygen and blood flow, which leads to difficulty in breathing and speaking. This means that it could be difficult to participate in other more essential moving activities, due to an increased demand for oxygen.


 How can you improve your posture?


-          If possible, stand up and stretch every thirty minutes; this will allow your organs to receive the oxygen they need.

-          Exercise; If you focus on physical activity that builds and strengthens your core, it will be much easier to maintain a positive posture.

-          When sitting on a chair; keep your back straight against the chair, and both feet flat on the ground, with your knees at hip level.

-          Use pillows while sleeping or proper sleep systems; they provide support for your back, helping to improve your posture while lying down. For more information on our sleep system, visit our website;




Next week between the 23rd and 25th of July 2018 is the annual Posture and Mobility Group Conference! (PGM)  Come and join us and explore our great range of products!

The PGM conference is a huge event that provides industry exhibition, an educational programme, and networking events for all professionals that work within the posture and mobility sector. This event is all about the posture and mobility needs of wheelchair users, but it is also extremely useful and beneficial to professionals that specialise in other elaborate seating needs.

                                         The conference runs between Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th July 2018, at Manchester Central.

                                                                                     AtLibertyHealth will be on stand number 22.

Posture and Mobility Annual Conference 2018

Posture & Mobility Annual Conference 2018

Manchester Central


The word posture is defined by which a person holds their body by sitting or standing. The importance of good posture is to keep your bones and joints in the correct position to ensure that your muscles are being used correctly. Good posture aids the decrease in abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could lead to arthritis, and it also prevents your spine developing an abnormal position. Good posture contributes to a good appearance and prevents back and muscular pain. Having poor posture can damage your back, and cause poor digestion because poor posture when you are sitting compresses your digestive organs, leading them unable to function as they should.


This event focuses on the posture and mobility needs of wheelchair users and those with complex seating and positioning needs.

Come and join us at the 2018 Posture and Mobility Conference this July!


The PGM conference is a huge event that provides industry exhibition, an educational programme, and networking events for all professionals that work within the posture and mobility sector. This event is all about the posture and mobility needs of wheelchair users, but it is also extremely useful and beneficial to professionals that specialise in other elaborate seating needs.

The conference runs between Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th July 2018, at Manchester Central.

AtLibertyHealth will be on stand number 22.

We will be bringing along our Liberty products. Here are some examples of the kind of products we will be bringing with us:


Time is of the essence. We look forward to seeing you there with all our amazing products!

The NHS's 70th Birthday!


The NHS was launched by the Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan in 1948 at Park Hospital in Manchester and he was in charge of bringing hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists together. The idea was that good healthcare should be available to all people, despite their wealth. When everything came into place on July 5th 1948 it was based on three principles:

-       To meet the needs of everyone

-       For it to be free

-       To be based on clinical need

These have been the three core principles of the NHS over the past 70 years and still remain the same. 

Life expectancy has risen over the years 





65 years

76 years


70 years

81 years


The Retirement Age has Changed





65 years

65-67 years


60 years

65-67 years


The NHS cares for over 1 million patients every 36 hours. All staff that work within the NHS deserve a huge thank you and lots of appreciation for all the amazing care and treatment that they deliver to us. Without the NHS we would not have all the extremely helpful and educational information that we do. 

Without the NHS, medical attention would not be free at the point of access. Lower income families may not seek medical attention with the potential to decrease life expectancy.

The risk that medical assistance would only be accessible for the higher income families goes against the very ethos of the health sector professional’s beliefs. With no NHS, staff availability would decrease since the majoritycome into the profession to do good and help all walks of life, not just for those who can afford it.  We should all be extremely grateful for having the NHS as it is an amazing service and we are very lucky to have it!


The NHS provides lots of jobs and careers, for people to be able to make a living, but for them to also be able to make a difference to others lives. We have lots of professionals who will work hour after hour doing their best and giving you the best care possible. The NHS is not something that we should take for granted, we should appreciate it and thank all members of the NHS for all the amazing hard work that they do.