Stand up to back pain

– “It hurtsh when I sh!t”. – “Sorry, it hurts when you..?” – “When I sh!t”, he quickly interrupted. “You shee? Like thish”, as Adriaan, an elderly dutchman took his seat in the clinic and continued to describe his low back pain. “It painsh in my shpine when I sh!t like thish”. I suddenly remembered a… Continue reading Stand up to back pain

Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

When I go to my dentist she tells me that I need to floss. I hate flossing. To be honest I don’t floss. Not unless I have an upcoming appointment. Then I do. Vigorously. Now she knows I haven’t been flossing. She’s not a mind reader but there are tell-tale signs. The angry indentations on… Continue reading Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

It’s 5:25am and I’m already on my second coffee. The agonising wails of my teething 10 month old has the whole family up an hour already. Proper up. Not to mention attending to two ‘wee-wee’s’ during the night, only one of which was legit. The other was a false alarm or in other words a way of getting… Continue reading Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

There are alarming reports of the upsurge of the amount of teenagers and children presenting to their GP and indeed physiotherapist with neck pain. First up neck pain in general is very common and usually nothing to worry about with adults. As we get older and some degenerative changes occur it will affect up to 70% of… Continue reading Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

If you go to a butcher you’ll get meat…sometimes

I will always remember a lovely old lady who presented with low back pain in my first few months working clinically. I asked her to bend forward and touch her toes, part of the standard examination for low back pain. Her response will stay with me forever: “Young man”, she said, “If God wanted me… Continue reading If you go to a butcher you’ll get meat…sometimes

Low Back Pain: Can it be stopped

It’s a distant memory now but my wife and I were recently reminiscing about life before children; a couple of sneaky pints on a Sunday afternoon, watching a football or rugby game uninterrupted in its entirety, sleeping more than 5 hours in any given night (again uninterrupted), not having to squeeze a run in at 5am… Continue reading Low Back Pain: Can it be stopped