Category: Spinal Pain

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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Picture showing lady sleeping on a pillow
Patient Guides
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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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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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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Picture of a man receving Spinal joint manipulation
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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man bending forward improperly
Exercise
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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Photo of a lady Ballet dancer
Health
Michael Smith BSc (Hons) Ost

Have I got loose ligaments?

There is a growing appreciation in medicine and manual therapy of the role that overly flexible ligaments play in spinal and joint issues.

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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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