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Better breathing today


Has it ever occurred to you that you may be breathing inefficiently? I doubt you are even aware of your breathing, unless you have experienced breathing distress such as an asthma attack or pneumonia or had abdominal surgery. However, it is not uncommon for many people suffering from neck, upper back or shoulder pain to …

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Back to Basics – Protecting the Spine

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I am always on the lookout for effective strategies to help my patients overcome back pain. In the last 5 years, more and more research is showing that exercise and education and not stretches or passive treatments are the long-term answer. Don’t misunderstand, I have not stopped believing that there is value in placing my …

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2020 Vision – Lessons learnt in 2019

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I’d like to start the new decade by sharing 9 lessons I learned (both personal wellness and physio related) over the last year with the hope that it will also help you in 2020.   1. Movement counters poor posture 100% of the time. It is not the position you sit in that causes the …

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Why your body needs more quality sleep than you think – A Physio’s perspective

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There are nights when sleep envelopes my mind in a soft haze before I can even fully close my eyes. At other times my ceiling taunts me for hours with the day’s events replaying on its surface in my mind’s eye. The thought of sleep is so sweet but it remains out of reach while …

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5 Ways to Combat Sitting Stiffness and Pain

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Experiencing back/buttock pain or stiffness whilst sitting? Or are you getting pain when you change from sitting to standing? Have you wondered what it is and why you’re getting it? Someone recently mentioned that considering the amount of people that complain of lower back pain whilst sitting, there must be something wrong with the design …

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Say Goodbye to Correct Posture

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Is my posture correct? The short answer is…….. if you’re not in any discomfort, it probably is. The word is out and new research shows that there is no single correct posture. So we can relax a bit on attaining this hard to achieve perfection. Then what is poor posture? A ‘poor’ posture could be …

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8 Tips to Reduce Knee Pain

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Knee pain is sadly very common, and many of us have experienced knee pain in some shape or form in our lives. It can be caused by many things, such as body mechanics; habits; what type of exercise you do (or don’t do); age and degeneration, as well as increasing activity or a change in …

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Diastasis Recti 101

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What is that? Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD) or diastasis recti refers to the separation of your abdominal muscles. In females RAD is considered normal during pregnancy as your body accommodates a growing baby. RAD is also seen in men, often relating to weak abdominal muscles or abdominal surgery. Separation occurs along the line of the …

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Pelvic Floor Kegel Exercises

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To Kegel or not Kegel? To achieve optimum function of your pelvic floor, it has to have the ability to; Contract fully Relax fully Contract at the correct time Relax at the correct time It is pretty difficult to decide whether you’re able to do all of the above, especially if you aren’t fully aware …

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