Category Archives: Back pain

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 ...

Airline Seats and Nursing Home Posture

A picture says a thousand words but one phrase always gets me looks of fear at my weekly presentations. "Nursing home posture". Did you cringe? Well if you take a quick scan of yourself as you're reading this then it might add some weight to my point. My dear young mum, whom I'm on the way to see in Perth as I type in this story, lives in a nursing Continue reading ...

How not to use a smartphone waiting for a Tram

Waiting for a Tram in Melbourne the other day I snapped this typical scene beside me. Very few people don't use their smartphone like this young girl. Locked knees in standing posture already creates a compressing curvature through the lower spine. Add a screen held low and you've put the icing on the cake of postural degradation. The force of Continue reading ...

Ergonomics, Don’t spend thousands

The statistics on sitting are being flashed louder and louder in our eyes and ears these days. "The new smoking", "stand up to answer the phone","every hour of seated TV time cuts 22 minutes from our life" . Of late, more people are coming to me about stand up desks...the new craze that's making desk manufacturers a bucket load. Let me ask you this. Do Continue reading ...

Slow Motion Fight or Flight

Most of us know the meaning of the term "fight or flight". Otherwise known as the startle pattern, it's when your whole system goes into preparation for a life threatening event. What is lesser known are the internal ramifications of such a bodily response. Let's look at the internals which just might help explain some of your health ailments and then Continue reading ...

Hairdressers Do It Tough

I worked with a retired hairdresser yesterday. I'd love to help every apprentice hairdresser not end up in her situation…or with her stooped posture. The truth is, humans only consider changing when their circumstances are so extreme that they have no choice. Can my client the hairdresser reverse the damage she's caused to her spine and shoulders Continue reading ...

Good Posture Is Head First

One of the simplest and quickest ways to know if your neck and shoulder (and headache) problems are self induced is to try my anatomy test. No, you don't have to label all the bits inside, you don't have to stretch or even look in a mirror to line up your body parts into the so-called "correct positions". Where you are sitting right now, I want you Continue reading ...