Category Archives : Wellness

Whiplash is NOT just a pain in the neck!

Whiplash injury can happen in many ways… ~ falls where the head violently jerks backward ~ blows to the head with a heavy object ~ physical abuse, such as being punched or shaken ~ contact sports such as rugby, boxing, and karate Whiplash occurs when your head is rapidly forced backward and forward. The sudden […]

Lighten up! The burden of the school backpack

As school heads back for another year it’s the ideal time to consider your child’s backpack. Is it fitted correctly? Too heavy? Could it be damaging their spine and health? Our posture is affected by the size, weight, and the way we carry our bags. Research shows that school backpacks often weigh 15-25% of a […]

Is your bag harming your health?

The bag you casually throw over one shoulder could be hurting your spine, altering your gait, and causing back, neck and shoulder pain. For many of you this may have been a lifelong habit, and perhaps one that you haven’t given much thought to, but it can lead to serious issues for your body. As […]

What is a herniated disc?

One of the most often misunderstood conditions, and a frequently asked health question is “what is a herniated disc?” It’s a common condition which commonly occurs in the lower part of the spine and is often referred to as a ‘’slipped disc’.’ Between each vertebra in the spine lies a spinal disc. These spinal discs […]

How to Lift Correctly

Follow these tips to avoid injuring your spine, or straining your lower back when lifting. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, one foot slightly ahead of the other. Squat down carefully by bending at the hips and knees—avoid bending your back. If additional support is needed, put one knee on the floor and the other in […]

Running from lower back pain

Exercise, such as running, can help you keep fit and active, but what if it’s painful? Running is a popular form of exercise for many people who want to keep fit, but it involves repetitive impact on the joints which can cause back pain, especially in the lower back. If you already suffer from lower […]

What type of headache do I have?

Headaches are one of the most common health problems that medical professionals treat, but did you know the diagnosis can differ from one person to the next? Headaches can be painful, irritating, and debilitating. Sometimes, you can make it through the day without a problem, but other times you have to crawl into bed and […]

3 Common Walking Myths, BUSTED

When it comes to exercise, walking doesn’t always get the respect it deserves — and it’s time that changed. Before buying into the idea that walking isn’t a worthwhile workout, learn the truth behind these three common walking myths.   MYTH #1 – 10,000 STEPS IS THE HOLY GRAIL There is a great feeling of […]

Say no to knots

Muscles knots can be extremely painful, but there are many ways you can both prevent and treat them. Muscle knots are muscles fibres that are tight and tense, even when your body is at rest. They may be sensitive to touch, and feel swollen and lumpy. Muscle knots commonly occur in your back, shoulders and […]

Getting fit the easy way – is there such a thing?

Running on a treadmill to the point of exhaustion is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But could there be a more natural way of achieving your health and fitness goals? Your daily tasks, the things you do every day, can be a source of fitness. Research published in the British Journal of Sports […]