One of the most common postural concerns that we see in people is what is termed forward head carriage. When we look at posture, we assess how the head lines up relative to the shoulders. Just like in golf, if the ball (our head) isn’t directly in the middle of the tee (our neck) forward momentum is generated as the weight is not centred over its base of support.Details
A common technique error that we see as Exercise Physiologists is what is termed “valgus collapse” of the knees. Simply put, “valgus collapse” means that when bending the knees they move inwards towards each other and it often occurs when people squat down or transfer to or from a chair.
Why do my knees do this?
There are many explanations out there as to why this happens.Details
A common postural fault that we see in clinic is an increase in the upper back curve, also known as an increased kyphosis. This increased kyphosis is also associated with rounding of the shoulders.
How do we fix this posture?
One of the most common approaches given is a “row” or pullback type of exercise. The theory here is that by strengthening the muscles that pull the shoulder blades back, the upper back curve will reduce and posture will return to normal. However there is a fundamental error in this approachDetails
Tight hamstrings are a very common complaint among people, but sometimes what feels like tightness is actually our bodys way of protecting itself. A key giveaway that this is true is recurrent “tightness” despite regular stretching. When our muscles are tight they can restrict the motion in a joint. If flexibility is the real issue…Details
We live in a world that thrives on convenience. Technology is constantly evolving to make our lives “easier”. However like many things in life this often comes at a price. Long before the days of roads and footpaths, our lives were surrounded by variations in terrain. These variations caused all 26 bones, 33 joints and…Details
The current healthcare model often lends itself to a narrow perspective of conditions and injuries. There are so many “specialists” that it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Our bodies are amazingly complex, and the interactions between its various components are essential for full function. It is very easy as a healthcare…Details
While we often hear of the importance of having strong core muscles to prevent and lessen lower back pain, we rarely here about the deep muscles in our neck that can prevent and lessen neck pain despite the fact that pain here can be just as debilitating, with the possibility of neck problems leading to altered sensation in the arms and finger and even headaches. It is important that we strengthen these muscles as research has suggested that individuals with weak deep neck flexors have a higher probability of experiencing neck pain.Details