posture Tag

Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay well and independent- (NSW Health, 2013).   As people age, exercise may become daunting, especially post joint replacement or after years of sedentary behaviour. People may not know the safest way to start with a routine, they may be weary of their balance deteriorating and they may be living with chronic pain. Balance exercises are paramount for all individuals; but become increasingly important to reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.   Every year 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will have a fall Falls are...

For many of us, sitting down for the majority of our day is inevitable and unavoidable. But this time spent sitting along with the time we sit on the way to and from work, whilst having dinner, and whilst winding down watching TV after work, is seriously detrimental to our health.   For example, those who's jobs require them to sit down all day, are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease than someone who's job requires them to be moving around all day.   It's unavoidable for many of us; we spend a lot of time staring at screens and sitting down, in our work...

Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most prevalent long-term illnesses, and account for more pain and disability than any other medical condition. The most commonly reported musculoskeletal complaint is Low Back Pain (LBP). It has been extensively reported that in up to 85% of all cases of low back pain is diagnosed as Non-Specific meaning we do not know why it occurs. There are many risk factors that may predispose people to back pain including but not limited to: Occupational hazards/conditions/postures Genetics Pregnancy An acute injury e.g. a blow to the back   However in many cases back pain can strike without the presence...

Sitting at a desk all day is not ideal for your posture.  We’ve known this for a while.   A lot of people think that you should simply sit up straight and minimise your time slouched over a computer.  But is this realistic?  If you’re not hunched over a computer, you’re most like slumped over your phone, over the kitchen counter, over your steering wheel, or over your kids.  Bad posture is everywhere, and unfortunately, it is mostly unavoidable.  However, there are some ways you can fight bad posture and minimise the negative effects it has on your body. Assuming that...

  There has been lots of controversy over how much your child’s backpack should weigh.  It is suggested that a child’s schoolbag, irrespective of their age should weigh about 10% of their body weight with a backpack style school bag. When you move your child’s backpack after he or she drops it, does it feel like 20kgs? Maybe they’re complaining about shoulder and back pain? Maybe you've noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it ?  These could be little signs that your child’s backpack is not suited to your child. A bag that is too heavy can cause...