Tips to Create Happy Shoulders

The shoulders, like all joints require optimal strength and positioning to function properly. Unfortunately lots of time spent in front of desks and computers does the shoulders no favours. It is very common to see people with very short tight pecs and internal rotators as well as over active upper trapezius fibres while the lower trapezius fibres are weak and … Read More

3 Great Stretches for Office Workers

  Here are my top stretches for office workers or anyone who is sitting and doing a lot of computer work. These three stretches can help prevent muscle tightness and soreness as well as assisting with maintaining a good posture. A lot of my patients get given these stretches as homework. 1. Pec Stretch– This stretch is a great way … Read More

Don’t forget to train your obliques!

It is common knowledge that we need to keep our core strong in order to protect our spines however a lot of people seem to focus on the superficial core layer, rectus abdominis (RA) and forget about the lateral stabilisers, the internal and external obliques! The external oblique is a superficial muscle and is visible running from ribs to the front … Read More

Tips to Alleviate Low Back Pain

Back pain can be difficult, painful and debilitating. More than 70% of back pain comes from a lumbar facet joint, the sacroiliac joint or a lumbar disc injury. If the correct cause of the back injury isn’t treated you will likely only receive temporary relief from the pain. Tips for helping with Back Pain Get a good diagnosis- Getting the … Read More

Bullet Proof Lifting Technique

As a chiropractor I see a lot of patients coming into my practice with low back injuries from poor lifting technique or lifting something that they simply didn’t have the strength to lift. The lumbar spine is especially vulnerable to injury in a flexed position or when exposed to heavy loads. If you are in a job that requires a … Read More

Weight Training for Injury Prevention

I see a lot of patients who come to see me with injuries or niggles associated with poor training and programming. I’ve found that functional resistance training is a great way to build strength and function without the creating the muscle imbalances and injury patterns seen with machine based weight training and chronic cardio sessions. Functional Weight Training When weight … Read More

Core Strength and Low Back Pain

I see patients every day in my chiropractic practice complaining of low back pain caused by a number of different issues with the joints and muscles of the lumbopelvic area. A really common cause for low back pain stems from a lack of core strength. I’m a big believer that good abdominal strength is important for everyone and here’s why. … Read More

Hip Flexors: Part 2

In the first part of this article I described some very common symptoms associated with hip flexor muscle imbalances and tightness. These symptoms are becoming the norm in this day and age where inactivity and sitting for hours on end is standard operating procedure. In this article I’m going to give you a couple of great tips that can help … Read More

Hip Flexors: Part 1

The hip flexor group is a large and important muscle that stabilises the lumbar spine and pelvis. In this day and age a lot of people develop hip flexor issues which is why I think it’s important to know a little bit more about them and what you can do to keep them functioning as well as possible! The hip … Read More

Is your lower back pain caused by your Sacroiliac Joint?

  The sacroiliac joint or SI joint is a large joint in the pelvis between the sacrum and the ilium. This is a large and important weight bearing joint which is designed to transfer weight from the upper body to the lower limbs. The SI joints are surrounded by large ligaments and muscles which help to stabilise this joint. As … Read More