Good Posture Is Much More Than Looking Good – 8 Daily Exercises To Help You With Your Posture

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We learn to sit up when we are only a few months old and instinctively, we know how to sit well.  But, unfortunately not for long!  For whatever reason – most likely watching our parents/others – we lose this ability and slouching becomes the norm. We learn to sit up when we are only a few months old and instinctively, …

The Real Message Behind Back Pain Myths

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By Chiropractor, Rob Grace Familiar misconceptions about back pain heard in our treatment rooms include, thinking a slipped disc* means the disc has actually ‘slipped’ out of the spine and that a chiropractor will ‘pop it back in’, that you should always rest a bad back (lying flat on a hard surface), the level of pain equals the severity of …

Back To It!

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Holidays Over, New Season Kicks Off and a New Term Begins. You’ve had a break from work, feel refreshed and now the new academic year and winter sports seasons begin.  Use this strategic time of the year to refocus on your body and fitness – here are just a few things to consider whether it’s back to work, school or …

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The Core – More Than A Midriff

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With summer here and the thoughts of beach bodies – be that bikinis or six-packs – one main contributor to a great looking midriff is the core. But, strengthened and activated correctly, the core can do more for us than hold our tummies in! Matt Wagstaff (massage therapist and personal trainer) explains: The bodies core; arguably a combination of the …

Cycling Can Be A Pain In The Back

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With the Sportive season well and truly underway – but still many more to come – we thought it was a good time to look at a common cycling problem (especially in long distance cycling), low back pain. So what’s the recipe for biking discomfort? Main contributors to low back pain when riding are:- poor core strength, poor flexibility, poor …

Captain America or Gru – which one are you?

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We know and I’m sure you know, that sitting hunched over a desk all day is not ideal posture. It has been suggested by many researchers that this posture is actually killing us slowly….responsible for problems such as organ damage, muscle degeneration, circulatory problems to name a few (click here for the ‘Health Hazards of Sitting’).  As musculoskeletal specialists, worried …

Our Tips For A Pain Free Holiday

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Only too often we go on holiday and suffer back pain and a change in activity is the main contributing factor.  When we’re away, we do entirely different things from our daily activities. If you’re used to sitting at a desk or driving all day and then you find yourself playing Frisbee, followed by swimming, hours of sandcastle building, or …

Deskercise

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Deskercise:   Neck: chin tucks – sitting upright, move your head directly backwards to produce a double chin (don’t look down) Shoulders: hold the side of your chair and lean your body and head away from the fixed side. Hold stretch for 20 seconds.  Repeat on the opposite side Buttocks: clench your buttocks 10 times Legs: sitting upright, with your …

A Day In The Life Of A Spine – And What You Can Do To Look After It!

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6.30/7am Gently move in bed before getting up. Don’t just jump out of bed and risk a muscle tear – your spine essentially works better once it is warmed up and lubricated by gentle movement.  So roll onto your side and swing your legs over the side to get up.  Then avoid bending, twisting, lifting immediately, until you have been …