Uncategorized May 19, 2023

Yesterday I treated a client whose shoulder and neck have been stiff, sore, stuck since ... forever! She was in pain ‘everywhere’, but was most fatigued, frustrated and just ‘done’ with her constant back pain.

Sound familiar?

She put the cause of this nagging back pain down to hunching her shoulders at work, or the fact that she holds her stress in her neck and shoulders, and so thought that might provoke her back pain, and, whilst that's defo not a good posture to hold, or healthy habit to form, it only explains some of the problem behind her back pain.

If I was looking for what, I'd have had my answer; sore shoulder, feels tight, clients says it feels stuck, give it a massage, should be good = no more back pain….

But no actually, by working through my protocol, I found that her upper back muscles were weak, her brain couldn't find them anymore, and so, as our bodies do in the name of efficiency, (not to be confused with efficacy) is it had gone right...

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Uncategorized May 19, 2023

There you are with back pain, again = ULTRA COMMON OCCURENCE in my world! And I could get all the scary stats out here too so you can see how much of an impact back pain has on longevity, productivity, bla, bla, bla, but I won't, because we're focusing on you and your badly-behaved back.

The back pain could be labelled sciatica, slipped disc, bulging disc, lumbago, it really doesn't matter at this stage. You're simply in active, ouchy back pain and you want it gone quick, and more importantly, you want it to stay gone.

Here's what NOT to do:

1 - Get a massage - oooooh yes, I know, feels so good, all those nasty, sticky spots are being rubbed into oblivion, you can envision the tension melting off you like butter off a hot scone, you’re already living a life free of back pain, yippee…. and yet, what you are actually doing is making things worse!

Your brain is already struggling to hold the circuitry together, which is why you're suffering from back pain in the first...

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Uncategorized May 19, 2023

This is what happens in your body:

You fall out of a tree at 6 and hurt your shoulder, and your brain says to your body, don't worry, I have another path for you to follow so that you can keep lifting your arm.

Your parents think, wow, this kid bounced back fast! But the back pain has already started, you just don’t feel it yet.

You take a tumble from a horse at 13, crack your neck a bit, and bash your head badly, but physio on her neck and head, and some down time stop your aches and pains and bring your back to your former show jumping glory!

Your brain says, ok, abdominals, you're on the front of the body, you're kind of nearby, take over from the muscles that flex the neck okay? 'cos else this head won't stay upright, and we all know that that just won't do!

You think, my neck feels weird, and I can't quite swallow like before, but it'll pass. Maybe months, or even years later, you wonder, "By the way, is it normal that my neck is soooooo tired when I do those basic...

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