MSTAT DMU DCR(R)
BE IN BALANCE
by Angela Bradshaw
Twenty five years ago I was advised to consider the Alexander Technique for my poor posture, by my Superintendent Radiographer (an AT tutor) well before I trained in ultrasound. Now after my third episode of RSI I wish I had listened. I just never thought it would affect me.
The profession has lost so many good staff to RSI which it can ill afford. The stress of working in today's target driven and impersonal work environments has just compounded the problem. We need to learn how to recognise the early warning signs and put in preventative measures such as those described in this book.
I applaud Angela for her passion, drive and enthusiasm to help other Medical Imaging
Professionals who are currently suffering with RSI and WRMSD. We are lucky to have
an excellent ergonomics department at work and great support with equipment aids,
but I loved the strap line on the cover :-
In fact good posture and the principles of Alexander Technique is something we should perhaps be teaching much earlier at school. This book is a simple guide to the techniques and written by someone who has also been affected as a practising ultrasound professional. It teaches us to value and look after ourselves. Perhaps we should have a copy in all our departments to remind us all to value and care for our staff.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead
" The Course has been very useful to me. It made me aware of things that I normally do without thinking. I have benefited a lot. I never used to bother if the chair was too high, I would sit with my legs dangling but now I know to plug my feet into the floor. No more gripping. I can't believe how much force I would use when handling things as well as the probe" Sonographer, Surrey
" It would be good if AT could be included in the syllabus for student sonographers
(who will have many scanning years ahead) so that they learn good scanning habits
right at the beginning. Thank you for teaching me lifelong habits now for the future."
" Very good course, helped me to become more conscious of how I move, stand, sit
and scan. I have become more aware of my body. One of the most important things
I have realised is grip. You do not need to hold probes, car steering wheels etc
tightly in order to get the job done. You can have just as much control with a light
“ Very enjoyable day. Of value and focused to direct need. Informative day.”
Clinical Head of Ultrasound, Lancashire
“ Extremely useful. Eye opener especially on posture / neck.”
Trainee Sonographer, Lancashire