an elderly man walking in a stopped way
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Forwards or backwards?

I’m often asked by patients, “What’s most important for my back – being good at bending forward or at bending backwards?”

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Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

What is the pop?

Joint manipulation in the spine is a highly focussed, fast and small movement of the joint.

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Patient Guides
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Heat or Cold?

Both cold and warmth act as pain blockers, but they have different healing effects.

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man bending forward improperly
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Low Back Exercise – 1

This video shows a simple exercise that can ‘wake-up’ key spinal muscles that, when not working as they should, prevent the spine from bending forward correctly.

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men on a beach racing on all-fours
Exercise
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Speedy Climbing

A primal exercise is one where the whole body is used in an integrated way.

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a tall building with a sign on it asking How Are You Really?
Health
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Happy Food?

The connection between mental health and the state of the gut’s microbiome.

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A lady with depression
Health
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Tailored medicine?

Over the next decade or two, we are likely to see a better understanding of what medicines work best for an individual.

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man doing a calf stretch against a wall
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

How to sneeze!

Sneezing – the wrong way – puts a massive strain through the whole spine. Here’s how to avoid putting your back out through a sneeze.

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Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

The Need For Speed

I wrote a paper on HVT back in 2002. If I remember correctly, I was trying to put my thoughts in order after a spell teaching technique at the UCO. In draft form, it gathered dust on a shelf at the back of my office.

Tidying things up the other day during some lockdown boredom, I stumbled across it. Leafing through it, it was like looking back through time. It did seem a little rambling, to say the least.

But the intention of the paper was good. Why does manipulation (cavitation) of a spinal joint work best with high speed over a short distance? We had this drummed into us at the UCO. Why not slow speed over a longer distance?

So I’ve taken some ideas out of that paper and freshened them up.

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