Here are some of my favourite back and shoulder strengthening exercises. These strengthening exercises aim to ‘undo’ the seated desk position – the forward shoulders, forward head and neck, rounded back. Strengthening the mid and lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi and rhomboid muscles will encourage retraction of the shoulder blades, helping to support a more upright… Continue reading Back And Shoulder Strengthening Exercises
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
My top tips to create the best set up when working from home
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?
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
Do you wake up feeling refreshed and energized or do you suffer from poor, restless sleep? Do you have aches and pains that trouble you in the middle of the night or do you wake up with a sore, stiff neck? These are all signs you are not sleeping on the right pillow. … Continue reading Are you sleeping on the right pillow(s)?
Following on from last month’s blog on driving position, this month I’m going to discuss your seated desk posture. Many jobs now involve long hours seated at a desk and poor posture can lead to unwanted aches and pains. Here are my 7 tips on how to set up an ergonomically correct workstation and help eradicate… Continue reading How should you be sitting at your desk?
The past few weeks have been very busy for me. The knees held up and I completed the Vitality 10k run on the 29th May raising money for the PDSA. With over 12000 runners it was very busy but great fun! I’ve also been to a “lower back pain and sciatica” workshop where I learnt… Continue reading What you need to know about Sciatica
This blog is about my recovery from knee pain with the help of osteopathy, kinesio tape, exercise and a foam roller. About 4 weeks ago I increased my running in preparation for a 10km event and started playing netball again, which was the onset of my knee trouble. After exercise I experienced a general ache… Continue reading Knee pain – my experience
Spring is finally here and it’s the time of year to start getting the garden sorted. Digging, planting and weeding can all take its toll so here are our 7 top tips to prevent back pain when gardening: Avoid bending and reaching Your back is most vulnerable to injury when you are bending at the… Continue reading 7 top tips to prevent back pain when gardening