Category Archives: Lower back

Back Problems Don’t Begin With Disc Issues

What do you do when your back goes? That depends on how far it goes! If it goes in a big way you won't be doing anything other than stopping dead in your tracks to reach for the strongest pain killers you can find. This is the big one, the one that really gets your attention and creates the "memorable event" that you refer back to as the "Cause" Continue reading ...

Lumbar Support Causes Neck Problems, 6 Reasons Why

Ever since discovering pelvis support in an office chair I’ve understood the bad logic of lumbar support in chairs…and that’s been 12 years of comfortable sitting at my desk. But what if you can’t drag your well-designed chair with you wherever you go, I mean it has wheels… but it’s just not going to work on the train. A quick glance at Continue reading ...

To Stand or to Smoke, That is the Loaded Question

Widely coined as the “new smoking” sitting has been getting a very bad reputation as the silent killer of late...for questionable reasons. Correlated with diabetes, blood pressure, life expectancy and a long list of other gory consequences I’m not going to rehash what has already been done very well by the standing desk industry, aren’t marketers Continue reading ...

Weeding: 4 Keys to Cure Gardener’s Knees

They’re not only a burden on your veggies, they tear the knees to bits and leave your lower back screaming for Roundup. Today we’re going to save not only the environment(please don’t use Roundup) but your body from deteriorating under the strain of weeds and bending low in the garden. The truth is, weeding has the potential as the most physically Continue reading ...

Mindful Mulching: 8 Ways to be Pain Free in the Garden

Swinging a spade is one of the oldest and noblest occupations for fitness and mobility. You could lift weights to pop music or induce pain with gym machines that do a poor job of imitating natural, functional movements… or you can get out in the fresh air with the shovel and compete with Rafael Nadal or Tiger Woods for the best core strength. Whether Continue reading ...

5 Tips to Avoid Power Tool Remorse

Gardeners know only too well the next day aftermath of power tool useage. But it is easily solved when you understand how you are bringing it upon yourself. Here’s the lesson in coordination that didn’t come with the manual on “how to use the tool” so that you can stop it from happening in the future. My very first client was a tall englishman Continue reading ...

Shopping Posture

A friend of mine sent these images through over the Christmas shopping period...which saved me the trouble of going out with my camera (which I've been threatening to do for months) to capture society's shopping posture. If you've followed my blog for a little while you'll know the secrets to not wearing and tearing your postural muscles, Continue reading ...

Sitting Upright Without Tension

99% of adults I work with cannot sit upright without creating massive amounts of tension in their backs. Since primary school age we've been told to "sit up straight" but never taught how it is achieveable without gripping the back muscles tightly. This infographic built by The Washington Post explains all of the reasons why sitting is bad for Continue reading ...

Sitting in Dodgy Chairs in Coffee Shops

Coffee shops and restaurants are notorious for their uncomfortable, slump-inducing seating. Turning over customers is afterall what business is all about and a comfortable chair is not a helpful part of that equation. It's a bit like the car seat theory. If you feel super comfortable for the that first 15 minute test drive then your impression of Continue reading ...

Chronic Pain and Your Perception of Injustice

My life changed the day I realised that my 5 years of chronic pain and back issues were not being caused by a whiplash injury at 19. The story I had been telling myself since that accident; the blame directed against the person at fault, the disappointing deterioration to my ski-paddling though I was training as hard as the rest of the crew, the Continue reading ...