It has been said by folks far wiser than me that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ But what does that actually mean? Well, it could mean that the effects on the cardiovascular systems from sitting could increase the risk of illness (or even death?!). Or that sitting too long (indoors) has adverse effects on our mental health. But for me as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, it means that sitting takes us into a posture is mechanically inefficient and likely to cause pain and suffering. At first, this is only a problem while we are actually sitting, BUT, as the days and months roll into years of too much sitting the body can get stuck in a sitting posture. We end up producing a habitual slouch: the lower back curves backward instead of forwards, the upper back curves further back than “normal” and the chin pokes forward. Sound familiar? (more…)
If you’re reading this because you’ve just had a baby – congratulations! And if you haven’t heard it yet, you and your body will never be the same again.
Your body has achieved the miraculous; it has conceived, grown, protected, fed and then delivered a brand new human into the world. As a sideline, it has grown an organ from scratch (the placenta), pumped 50% more blood round the body, and developed a super-sense of smell, among other things.
But, this nine-month Herculean task of growing and giving birth to a baby wreaks havoc on the female form. Permanent effects of pregnancy on the body can be: bigger feet, bigger all around, a permanently wider vagina, weaker bladder muscles, receding gums, breast sagging, stretch marks and more. But, after that delightful list, we’re here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing! (more…)
There is a cycle to life that’s happening around you and inside of you. Everything is connected and according to Ayurveda, comprised of the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and space. And so, as the seasons change so do you. Thus, your experience is greatly determined by how in-tune you are with your mind and body in relation to nature. For this, Ayurveda provides different ways to connect with yourself which can help you recognize the rhythms of nature within you, in truth, Ayurveda may already be in your life. (more…)
The summer holidays are over, the conkers are beginning to fall, and we’re beginning to think about putting the heating on – it’s time to embrace the beautiful season of Autumn!
Autumn is a transitional season, which takes us from the relaxing warmth of summer to the crisp cold of winter. Transitions can be a time to re-think our routines and take advantage of the seasonal change to make changes of our own. (more…)
As a physiotherapist, I see a lot of people who have had some form of medical imaging – X-ray, MRI or Ultrasound. These images can be REALLY useful to help diagnose some conditions and plan whether something like surgery is needed. But did you know that 96% of people with no pain or problem with their shoulder showed an ‘abnormality’ on an MRI scan? Or that 37% of 20-year-olds with no back pain show degeneration of their spinal discs? So what does your scan result REALLY mean? And should you still do yoga? Read on for a few simple guidelines on whether to welcome or worry about your scan results. (more…)