Articles tagged with: posture

Swim for your back pain while our Olympians swim for gold

Swimming is great for easing back pain

With the London Olympics finally here, Aussies will be reminded why as well as being one of our favourite pastimes, swimming is a fantastic way for people of all ages to keep fit and stay healthy. Incorporating almost every muscle and joint of the body, swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to undertake a whole-body workout under low-impact conditions and as a result, protect your muscles and joints from unnecessary stress and strain.

Whether it’s up to your knees or up to your neck, the water bears a considerable proportion of your body’s weight, making the odd paddle particularly beneficial for individuals recovering from injury or suffering from stiff and painful joints associated with arthritis. Movement of the entire body against the resistance of the water increases muscle tone and strength, burns kilojoules and enhances cardiovascular and respiratory endurance.

Breathe well, live well!

Breathe well, live well!

Perfect abdominal breathing is readily observed in the newborn but unfortunately as we age, tension and stress in our day-to-day lives restrict this preferred pattern, resulting in a chronic and largely detrimental pattern of breathing. 

And we thought breathing was one thing we couldn’t get wrong!

When we breathe, the diaphragm relaxes and contracts in order to inhale and exhale respectively (this can be easily seen by the rising and falling of the abdomen when we breathe).  When an individual is under stress however, either emotional or physical, their breathing pattern changes.  Typically, we take shallow breaths using our chest and shoulders, rather than our diaphragm, in order to move air in and out of our lungs, which gradually causes the body to automatically breathe into the neck and shoulders and not correctly into the abdomen.

Heel pain?

Heel pain?

Many people suffer heel pain. And it doesn't sound so bad - until you have it!

It’s not pleasant to have intense pain first thing in the morning when your foot hits the floor, to feel as if you are walking on nails, or with a pebble in the shoe that won't come out. But these are just some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a condition that is related to inflammation of the ligament/tendon structure on the sole of the foot.

Reduce the risk of low back injury with spine-sparing movements

Disc above spine

Many people consider that their low back pain was caused by a single incident. However, this is rarely the case. Most peoples' low back pain is from an accumulation of stresses resulting from poor movement patterns and minor lifting strains.

Serious low back injuries such as lumbar disc herniations / protrusions (commonly called "slipped discs") are caused by repeated or prolonged full flexion (or bending) of the lumbar spine. These injuries could often be avoided by following some very simple rules:

Touchscreen technology and posture

A recent press release from Gartner, talks about how touchscreen technology has been present in various industrial applications for over 20 years, and that

“Multitouch on smartphones and the Apple iPhone phenomenon have shown users how useful touch can be with the right implementation, and Apple's introduction of the larger iPad has set off a wave of speculation about changing the industry.”

With an increasing use of touchscreen technology in daily life, as well as the work place, it is important to consider your posture, and to ensure that you are not over-doing it, when it comes to sitting or standing in the right position for extended periods.

National Chiropractic Care Week 2010

We are in the middle of National Chiropractic Care Week, 2010. The chiropractic profession has concentrated on improving the posture of people in the office, at home, and at school. It is thought that up to 90% of people maintain poor posture during their normal daily activities. The Chiropractors Association of Australia have created a great website that helps you determine if you, your family, friends or work colleagues have good posture. Visit, and see how you line up.