Posture

Can trampolines hurt your spine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used by any child except for training programs and certain sports – and only then when supervised by a trained adult. Some of the fun and benefits listed by trampoline enthusiasts may make trampolines and rebounders rather an enticing form of play and therapy for children and adults. But, as with everything that goes up, there has to be a down…

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Thinking Straight

In today’s fast paced world, poor posture is a common ailment. With these tips, you’ll be standing tall in no time. The human body is not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Our ancestors spent most of their time on their feet, hunting for food and working to stay alive. Research suggests that four in five adults will experience back-related pain during their lives. Given the modern human’s chair-bound lifestyle, coupled with increasing poor posture.

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Psoas Pain & Dysfunction

‘The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs. It is responsible for holding us upright, and allows us to lift our legs in order to walk. A healthily functioning psoas stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk, forming a shelf for the vital organs of the abdominal core.’ The Psoas muscle (pronounced ‘so ass’) plays a vital role in physical health and mental well being and is the principal muscle associated with trunk stability.

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Tech-Neck in children and young adults

‘It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity’ Albert Einstein Tech neck or straight neck is a term to describe the repeated stress to the body (especially the neck) caused by children spending increasing large amounts of time daily hunched over their handheld electronic devices such as a smart phones, tablets, video games and laptops for hours every day with their heads bent forward.

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High Heels and Chronic Pain

“When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” Socrates Women complain of the pain from high heels regularly. However in many situations, high heels are considered a must-wear item. Wearing high heels is your choice, but you or your work (Some workplaces require women to wear high heels) should at least be aware of the problems related to high heels. If you frequently wear high heels, you are setting yourself up for long-term issues.

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Deadlift

‘The best exercises are those which mimic natural movement patterns, like the deadlift.’ Young children typically perform squats and deadlifts without anyone having to show them how. Yet when a deconditioned adult tries to perform these movements, they may feel very unnatural. Many adults have spent their entire life sitting in chairs and cars, avoiding natural movement. Many adults and even school children have done this to the point where they have unlearned instinctive habits like lifting from the hips and legs, and replaced them with lower back pain and hip ailments.

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Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction

Autonomic_Nervous_SystemWorry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart.’ The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is an involuntary division of the nervous system that functions to regulate the basic organ processes needed for the maintenance of normal bodily functions. The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The Sympathetic nervous system is to help you survive a threat.

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Forward Head Posture

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”- American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39.Forward Head Posture (FHP) can be recognised by the positioning of the ear being forward of the shoulder, rather than sitting directly over it. With today’s lifestyle, this condition occurs in between 66% and 90% of the population.

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Sort yourself out today...Shoulder pain

Back and shoulder pain is a common complaint due to our sedentary lifestyles and bad posture. Nearly 50% of us will suffer at some point in our lives -our experts are here to help you avoid it. The Osteopath Dr Guy Ashburner is a Cape Town-based osteopath Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are common, and are caused by injuries affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it’s less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints.

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Sort yourself out today...Shoulder pain

Muscle Left Behind - Muscle Imbalance. To get a strong and sculpt a sleek silhouette, you have to identify which muscles are slacking and whip them into shape. Nearly every muscle in your body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps: their even match-up lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. That’s how it should work, at least.

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