A lady practicing breathing while standing up
Health
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Breathing Exercise

Sub-optimal breathing can contribute to and even cause a variety of health problems. Better breathing can be regained quickly, even in long-term cases.

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A puzzled dog staring at the camera
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

What’s My Problem?

Here’s a short article which tries to integrate or balance how patient’s see things with how we see things, all in the context of developing a structured thought-process.

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a man touching his mid back with his right hand
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Thoracic Spine – Some Ideas

Here’s a short article – somewhat of a brain-dump, I’m afraid – with key points about the thoracic spine that I’ve developed and found useful over the last twenty or so years.

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a magnifying glass
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Complex Or Complicated?

For years I’ve been fascinated by the difference between things that are complicated and things that are complex, and how that relates to what we can know – the limits of knowledge, if you like – about spinal functioning. Here’s some thoughts on the matter.

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Two men hiking up hill
Exercise
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Walk!

We evolved to walk, and so much of our health, in so many different ways, depends on it.

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a hand about to topple some dominos
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Cause And Effect

Some thoughts on the tricky idea of cause and effect along with how we can interpret reactions to treatment.

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Whiplash Incident involving a police car and a bus
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Whiplash

Whiplash is quite capable of causing problems even in low-speed shunts, especially if the bump is unexpected.

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picture of a woman deadlifting in hinge-position
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

The Hip-Hinge

Preventing spinal pain is not just about having a healthy and strong back, though that is important.

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a photo of some pills on a table
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Placebo Quirks

Oddly, some of the additional benefit a drug has relative to a placebo might be a quirk of the side-effects of the drug.

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