Category Archives: Sciatica

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sciatica Easily Solved

So many people suffer for years with sciatic pain that seems to crop up at unexpected times and then get blamed on the sport, or "getting older" or lack of stretching etc. None of these are the fundamental cause of sciatica…they are just guesses from the uneducated. How you move all day is setting you up for sciatica and knowing some simple anatomy Continue reading ...

Cleaner’s Back Problems

Bumped into another interesting story in the gym yesterday. One of the cleaners at Gwinganna has a chronic back problem. He wakes up sore every day, has pain through his neck, up and down his arms and down his legs. He's young (same age as me ;-). But this has been going on for years. He's plagued by the "all-of-a-sudden" pain that can be triggered Continue reading ...