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3 Reasons Why We Love Foam Rollers

Not just for sadists (if you’ve used one, you’ll know what I mean), our cylindrical, sometimes knobbly little friends which you find in the stretching area of the gym are fast becoming a firm favourite of ours. We first came across them at a fitness convention way back in 2013 when we were subject to …

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4 Simple Stretches to Beat Back Pain

Back pain is a scourge of our modern lifestyle. Hours spent sedentary at the office, combined with sitting in the car or train for long periods and slumping on the sofa in front of the TV or phone after a hard day can lead to the onset of back problems. Postural changes along with a …

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4 Simple Ways to Stop Your Phone Hurting Your Neck

As a nation, we now spend a day a week online. At 70%, more of us than ever are using our smartphones to stay connected so it’s no surprise that there is a steep rise in the number of people suffering from neck, shoulder and upper back pain. ‘Text-neck’ is now a thing as we …

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Do I Have Sciatica?

With the approximate thickness of a pencil and running from the low back down to the feet, the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the lower part of the spine, travels through the muscles in the buttocks, branches out down the leg and attaches to the foot. It can …

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4 Myths About Back Pain

You know when you have back pain, everyone and their dog wants to give you advice. Like being pregnant but without the little bundle of joy at the end of it. I know people mean well, but there are some common misconceptions out there which we hear A LOT and though said with the best …

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How to: Psoas Stretch for Back Pain

If you spend long periods of time with your legs flexed at the hip (such as when sitting or cycling) and are experiencing stiffness or aching in your back, there is a chance that a tightening of your Psoas muscle (right) could be a contributing factor. The muscle attaches the leg to the back and …

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Anatomy of the Back

How is The Back Made Up? Your spinal column provides support for your body. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to stand upright, bend or twist. Vertebrae  Your spine consists of 33 bones (your vertebrae) linking your skull and pelvis. Each vertebra has 3 main components; 1.      The vertebral body at the back of the …

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Core Strength and Back Pain

Evidence shows that deconditioning because of pain and reduced activity in people who have chronic back pain can result in weakened muscles of the low back and spine. It is possible for the body to be strong everywhere except the back. The back can only be strengthened when the lumbar spine is moving against resistance. …

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What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

Facet joints are the bony protrusions at the back of the spine which join the vertebrae together.  They are the joints that make your back flexible and allow you to bend and twist. The joints are lined with cartilage and lubricated by a substance called synovial fluid. When healthy, the bones move freely over each …

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