stress and the spine

This in an important one for most of us.

The NHS says that in any given year, at least one in five people in the UK visit their GP because of back pain. Shocked? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Have a little read of this.

Of course posture is huge factor in the development of spinal problems, but what about other contributors – like stress.

Stress is more than just a tight deadline or demanding boss – it’s a physical change in your body. Those who are more stressed are more susceptible to heart problems, ulcers, addiction and the list goes on. But what about back pain?

When you’re stressed your brain tells your body just how stressed you are and hormonal reactions result in the release of lactic acid. A person who is constantly under a lot of stress would have this reaction occurring daily, and the more stressed they become; the more lactic acid builds up.

The result of this is the stiffening of the muscles, especially the ones used most frequently – such as those supporting your spine.

The Spinal Touch technique is great at reversing these effects because it re-stimulates the muscles to ‘wake them back up’. Unfortunately, leaving it will just allow the situation to get worse.

Ensure that these muscles are being activated by doing the short exercises in on my DVD. This is a sure way to prevent stress induced back pain:

Treating Back Pain – Spinal Touch Testimonials

Thanks for dropping by.

Dr. Fatemeh

essential steps towards preventing back pain (part two of three)

Hello there.

Thanks for dropping in again.

This is my second installment of essential tips to help you prevent back pain by correcting your posture.

As we know, more than half of chronic back pains are resulted by a poor posture. Try doing these exercises as often as you can, every time you are in front of a mirror, every hour, long enough till it becomes a new habit.

10. Watch yourself in a mirror from the side, your ear should be above your shoulder girdle, is it there? Hold it for 10 seconds and relax

11. How’s the curve on your back when watching yourself from the side? Keep a natural curve on your lower back, hold it for 10 seconds and relax

12. Stand up straight in front of a mirror, keep your knees soft and facing forward, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

13. Stand up with feet open to the width of your shoulders to give yourself a wide base of support against the force of gravity.

14. When standing prolonged, make sure your shoulders and hips are in line with each other and your feet are open.

15. Keep your feet open to the width of your shoulders and slightly back and forward to give you the maximum support in standing.

16. Try to avoid leaning to one side when standing prolonged, stand up straight with your shoulders back.

17. When getting tired in standing prolonged, rest one foot on a step or stool and change leg after a while.

18. When standing with one foot on a step/stool, make sure your hips are level and you are not dropping one hip.

These simple exercises are to be performed on a regular basis to help to register your new posture in your memory – look out for our third and final instalment of essential tips to prevent back pain, I’ll post them soon.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Fatemeh

Prevention is better than cure – what does poor posture look like?

OK; another look at posture.

Back pain can truly make your life difficult – restricted motion and constant discomfort can be massively hindering. So it’s good to know that the prevention of back pain is so easy.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, back pain is most commonly the result of poor posture.

So how do you know if your posture is bad?

Here are some standard rules to go by – have a look at your side profile in a mirror and see which ones apply to you:

  • When you’re standing naturally – where is your head pointing? Is it dropping forward?
  • How is the shape of your back in general? Are you starting to develop a ‘hump’ just above the middle?
  • Where are your shoulders? Do they hunch forward or are they dropping down?

If you answered yes to any of these, then your posture might not be as good as we would hope.

Whilst they might not seem like a big deal now, it’s worth taking measure to prevent them from developing into anything more serious.

Try doing some of my simple exercises to rectify the problem:

Exercises to Relieve Back Pain.

Do call back soon.

Bye for now.

Dr. Fatemeh

How does having poor posture actually result in back pain?

What an important question!

The British Medical Dictionary defines ‘posture’ as “the position or arrangement of the body and its limbs”. Therefore the term ‘bad posture’ may be used to describe somebody whose body and limbs are positioned or arranged unnaturally.

We are born with curves built into the structure of our skeletal frame, and by adulthood we have even more. However as we grow these curves are effected by life factors such as stress, sleeping positions and diet, and they can be forced to shift or lose their natural positions.

The additional pressure this puts onto the spine can result in a shift in balance within the body; this is a highly common cause of restricted mobility and muscular discomfort.

Spinal Touch is a therapeutic technique based on the principle that muscles have the ability to move bones and not vice versa. When your spine is out of alignment and your posture has been left compromised, Spinal Touch will stimulate the necessary muscles to rectify this.

Have a look at how simple it is…
Treating Back Pain with Spinal Touch

Knowing exactly where the correct on point on a muscle to stimulate is what makes Spinal Touch so effective. By rebalancing the body you can achieve full mobility and be rid of muscular discomfort.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Fatemeh

essential steps towards preventing back pain (part one of three)

Hello. Thanks for taking a look at my blog, this little post will help you to look after your back.

Here we go.

More than half of chronic back pain develops as a result of poor posture.

Please follow my daily tips towards correcting your posture. These simple exercises can be performed quickly and easily on a regular basis to help to register your new posture in your memory:

1. Stand up in front of a mirror, keep your head straight on your neck without tipping to one side, keep it there for 10 seconds and relax.

2. In front of a mirror, roll your shoulders backwards, relax them and keep them level to each other, hold for 10 seconds and relax.

3. Stand up straight, as if there was a string attached to the top of your head, pulling your hair up, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

4. Pull your chin back, as if you were double chinning yourself without bending your neck, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

5. Standing straight, pull your shoulders up towards your ears, hold them there for 10 seconds and relax.

6. Stand up straight and relax your arms by your sides so that the palms face forward, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

7. Pull your shoulder blades towards each other and gently push your chest out, hold it for 10 seconds and relax.

8. Stand so that your shoulders are in line with your hips and looking straight from the front, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

9. Watch your hips are inline, not tilted forwards, backwards or side to side, hold it there for 10 seconds and relax.

Please watch out for more of my tips to prevent back pain over the next week.

Hello there,

I’ve just started to write in our Advice Room, but its so much to write about its hard to decide where to start. So I thought I ask you to let me know what you want to know about. How is that?

Post me a comment and start a subject and I shall advice you accordingly. Here is your chance to ask the question about your pain and discomfort and get the simplest and most understandable answer you could ever get.