Workstation Solutions

I like the use of standing workstations to reduce the amount of time we all sit, which tends to lead to a variety of health and musculoskeletal issues. I came across these products from badbacks.com that allow you to keep your existing desk (rather than purchase a new sit-stand desk) and convert it... Read More

Preventing Low Back Pain

Preventing low back pain is easy, but much like looking after your teeth it requires some ongoing simple maintenance that needs to be built into your lifestyle. 1) Regularly interrupt periods of sitting (every 60 mins or so)/ bending forwards, and arch backwards as far as you can x5-6 repetitions... Read More

McKenzie Method Exercises: Low Back

This is not an exhaustive list of the McKenzie Method lower back exercises. These exercises should NOT be performed without the guidance of a fully trained McKenzie Practitioner! It is very important to ensure these exercises are only performed after consulting a McKenzie Practitioner first, as you... Read More

Low Back Pain: Lifestyle is the key

Our Lifestyle involves slouched sitting and bending all day! Loss of the lordosis occurs with many lifestyle positions on a frequent basis. Loss of the lumbar lordosis whether prolonged (eg. Slouched sitting or sleeping curled up) or repeated (eg. Many daily activities such as vacuuming, emptying... Read More

Lumbar Disc Injury

Intervertebral Disc Injury • Once you have a tear in the disc, positions of losing the lumbar lordosis (eg. gardening, cooking or sustained slouched sitting/driving) allows the nucleus to move down the internal tear in the disc. • This deforms the shape of the disc and the disc bulges (disc... Read More

Correction of Sitting Posture

Correction of Posture is critical to maintaining your improvement once regularly performing your specific McKenzie Exercise. This exercise is identified after your initial consultation, and is often applied 2 hourly for a period of approximately 3 weeks (for the majority of patients). Your specific... Read More

Imaging- Does it tell us anything useful?

Lumbar Spine Imaging- Does what you see actually correlate to your problem ??? Many patients that experience low back pain are often told it is a muscle strain, or related to degeneration or ageing. In our experience this is very rarely the case. Most people that have muscle spasm and have been... Read More

Correction of Standing Posture

Correction of Posture is critical to maintaining your improvement once regularly performing your specific McKenzie Exercise. This exercise is identified after your initial consultation, and is often applied 2 hourly for a period of approximately 3 weeks (for the majority of patients). Your specific... Read More

Correction of Lying Posture

Many people with low back problems wake worse in the morning. If you have commenced your McKenzie exercises and are improving as expected, and yet seem to take a step or two backwards on waking and notice you are not as good as when you retired to bed, correction of your sleeping posture may be... Read More

80% Respond to McKenzie Method, but what if I’m in the 20%?

Why do some disc problems not respond to McKenzie movements and fail to centralize? Some disc problems involve a tear in the annulus (soft cartilage of the disc) that is the cause of the pain rather than the disc bulging. This annular tear can leak inflammatory exudate (inflammatory chemicals),... Read More