Previous articles in this blog explain that bending forward with your arms unsupported when sitting in a chair, results in an increasing lumbar disc pressure over the years. If you are recovering from a prolapsed disc or back operation, it is important to keep lumbar pressure as low as possible for the first few months or even up to a year depending on the type of prolapsed disc you have suffered from.
The most common course of chronic knee pain is anterior knee pain which occurs under & around the knee cap. There are many theories about the causes of such pain, and many exercises to do to prevent this type of pain.
According to Professor Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics in Canada, the slouch position is best. Why do you think those Formula 1 racing drivers can cope without endless lower back pain?
During my 20 years of practising as an osteopath, lifestyles have changed. Today people experience more tension. We also tend to spend longer periods of sitting or standing. This lack of movement can cause a build up of small, hardened fibrotic nodules in various muscles of the body.
Tennis Elbow occurs when the muscles which attach to the elbow become overloaded and start to tear the tendon attached to the elbow. The arm - in particular the forearm - can experience muscular spasms and a local weakness which serves to protect it from further damage.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve which we use all our life and which can develop problems, resulting in pain or compression if there is a prolapsed disc.
There are various medical conditions which cause Cervical Neck and Muscular Pain. Your GP can diagnose which one is responsible, and if you have severe and worsening pain, will refer you to a hospital specialist.
It's common to have front knee pain at some stage of your life as your patella - knee cap - is in constant use as you walk up and down stairs or hills. A properly-functioning knee cap travels up and down a small narrow groove. Sometimes, however, it gets slightly diverted, resulting in increasing soft tissue irritation which is aggravated by walking up and down stairs
Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. In these times of long periods of sitting at a desk, with or without a computer, good ergonomic design can help to prevent the repetitive strain injuries which develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.
In his book on lower back disorders, Professor McGill recommends using an ergonomic chair, pointing out that such a chair must be used properly. Changing posture as frequently as every ten minutes, allows the tissue loads to migrate, thereby minimising the risk of any single tissue`s accumulating micro-trauma. Even if you don’t get up from your chair, moving position or even just fidgeting can help.