Here are some of my favourite neck, shoulder and upper back stretches. These are great to perform regularly throughout the day, particularly if your job requires you to be seated at a computer for long hours. Looking down at your screen causes you to hunch forward – flexing your neck and upper back, and bringing your… Continue reading Neck, Upper Back and Shoulder Stretches
I prescribe gluteal strengthening exercises for many lower body disorders, ranging from knee soreness to lower back pain. The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles that make up the buttocks - the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Their actions include extension, abduction, internal and external rotation of the lower limb, knee alignment, stabilising the lower back and sacroiliac joints as… Continue reading Glute Activation Exercises
Many people experience a sensation of cracking, popping, snapping or grinding during neck movements, especially when turning your head to reverse the car or checking your blind spot. The medical term for these sensations is known as ‘crepitus’ and although crepitus can occur at any age it becomes more common as we get older. Crepitus… Continue reading Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?
How often do you spend looking at your phone, tablet or laptop? Studies suggest we look at our phone around 2-4hrs per day, and those times are excluding tablet and laptop use. That’s a lot of time spent looking down. Tech neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained… Continue reading Tech Neck – The New Epidemic
Do you know the importance of strong calf muscles? Our calf muscles are often over looked, with most of the focus being on the glutes, quads and hamstrings, but good calf strength has a direct effect on your athletic ability, including injury prevention. The calf is made up of two main muscles: the gastrocnemius… Continue reading The Importance of Strong Calf Muscles
Most people will have heard of a ‘slipped disc’ but what does this actually mean? Usually this refers to damage or bulging rather than slippage or movement. We have 23 discs in the spine situated between each adjacent vertebra - 6 in the neck, 12 in the upper/middle back and 5 in the lower back. The… Continue reading Slipped Disc? Disc Bulge? Prolapsed Disc?
I recently completed a course on exercise prescription for the treatment and prevention of disease. A key component for improving health is walking. The guideline is 10,000 steps a day which has many health benefits: Walking can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and heart disease. It can also… Continue reading Do you walk 10,000 steps a day?