A recent interview Steve Lockhart did with Global Talk Radio discusses important aspects of back pain and sciatica and provides some great advice and tips for sufferers. To listen to the interview, click the play button. ... read more
Whenever a therapist is treating you for back pain, one of the most important things they should address is how you hold yourself as you go about your day - whether it be sitting, standing or walking. Your posture can have a huge bearing on the amount of stress that is placed on your back muscles and the resultant back pain that will undoubtedly follow after years of carrying a bad posture.
Back pain or sciatica is often as a result of your body being in a state of imbalance, often because you have used your muscles in an unbalanced... read more
There are multiple reasons and explanations sufferers are given for their back pain and sciatica. Many of these are misleading and don’t offer a solution. More often than not they leave a sufferer feeling confused and more frustrated than ever … and still in pain! This is because they don’t look back far enough into what actually caused the pain in the first place – the true, real and underlying reasons.
Advice given that a bulging disc, strained ligament or muscle spasm is the cause doesn't explain what it was that actually caused the ligament to be strained, the disc... read more
A diagnosis of Piriformis Syndrome can fool you into believing that this is just an isolated problem with the Piriformis muscle. While the Piriformis can certainly tighten up and put pressure on the sciatic nerve, , this is only as a result of a whole pattern of imbalance and tension in the body.
In order to treat Piriformis syndrome properly, one has to address and deal with the underlying muscle imbalances in the body that have set up the Piriformis problem in the first place. There are many techniques which will release the muscle, such as using a ball for... read more
Whilst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or M.E, as it is often referred to, has been described as a ‘mystery illness’, medical reports and professionals have a widely held belief that it is caused by either a virus or depression. British medical scientists have also found a relationship between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a lack of blood supply to the brain stem in the neck.
Whilst I agree with these facts and beliefs in some cases, I believe that there is another greater, but less known, underlying contributing factor to this debilitating illness, and that is a physical body whose 'architecture' is askew.... read more
Back pain is mostly as a result of stress that has built up in our bodies highlighting and physical muscle imbalances that exist leading to irritation to the spine, discs, nerves, joints, muscles and ligaments.
Stress has three main origins - Physical, Chemical and Emotional, so a poor diet which upsets the chemical balance has the potential to stress the muscle system and cause or heighten a sufferers back pain.
A healthy, balanced diet will help minimise the stress your body is constantly under because it feeds the body with essential nutrients that in turn help you to stay relaxed. Just like... read more
For as long as I can remember people have been told to stretch whether they are warming up or warming down in order to prevent injuries. For just as long, physiotherapists have been using stretching, along with exercises, as the basis for their treatment of painful conditions.
Everyone has jumped on the band wagon from doctors to personal trainers. Whenever a pain sufferer complains of feeling tight or sore, their therapists will ask whether they have been doing enough stretching and then go on to offer a 'good' stretch that will help them.
There are varying opinions on the type of... read more
The customary approach taken when trying to address and fix chronic back pain or sciatica is to prescribe a series of stretching and exercises. However, pain sufferers find themselves become increasingly frustrated when these exercises and stretches don't work to relieve or cure the pain they are experiencing.
Over the years many programs have been designed which aim to fix chronic back pain and sciatica, but the sufferers who have tried them will undoubtedly agree that none have been successful at providing a permanent result - at least not to the point where they can stop doing the exercises and enjoy... read more
As a back pain sufferer, you undoubtedly already know that exercise is an important part of your day but often, the time it takes to do it discourages you from even starting, or worse, giving up.
There is another, far more efficient and effective way for you to exercise without having to go to the gym or take long arduous walks. That's right, you can do your exercise as you go about your normal routine just by concentrating on what you are doing and using your muscles and body in the right way. I have put together a video which... read more