Author: Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

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Health
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Covid-19 Policy

The day before the appointment The day before or the morning of your appointment, you will receive by email or text a screening web-form containing a set of questions. The

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Photo of a lady Ballet dancer
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Have I got loose ligaments?

Anxiety – and even panic attacks – seems to be up to 7 times more common in hypermobile people than in the general population.

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a girl with a sore jaw and a pillow over her head
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Test Accuracy 101

Do you find it difficult to understand and recall all the terminology regarding test accuracy? You know, the stuff you vaguely remember covering in a Research Methods class at undergraduate level?

Would you struggle to clearly explain the meaning of a term like sensitivity to a patient or fellow-professional?

If the answer to either of these two questions is yes, then this short course will help re-orientate you by taking you through the subject in a way that enables comprehension and recall.

Given the current pandemic, I think it pertinent to use Covid-19 to illustrate the key points!

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Male pelvis - posterior view
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Lumbo-sacral Lesions

Here are my thoughts on how I conceptualise lumbo-sacral segment dysfunction (LS) and approach the treatment of this area.

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Lady wearing high heels
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Can I wear high heels?

There are some issues worth bearing in mind for those of you with a spinal problem who want to wear heels.

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a man sitting on a bench next to the sea enjoying the sun
Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Sitting!

It’s possible to sit properly in two different ways. Active versus passive sitting.

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Cat sleeping on a mattress
Patient Guides
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Beds and mattresses

The joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves of the human spine don’t like being still for too long. And we spend up to a third of our lives on a mattress!

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diagram of gluteus medius
Technical
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Trendelenburg test – spinal uses?

I use the standing one-legged balance test a lot, finding it helps a great deal in the interpretation and prediction of lumbar spine dysfunction. This short article gives a summary of the issues, and I hope to write more on this at some point.

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Spinal Pain
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Pillow Talk

How to choose and use a pillow to get a good night’s sleep.

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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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