How to bend without hurting your back

How to bend without hurting your back

If I hear someone saying “bend your knees, not your back!” once more, I think I might scream. Why? Because it’s just so wrong, and so counterproductive. Think about it. You have 29 bones in your spine (7 in your neck, 12 in your thorax, 5 in your low back and 5 —...
Yoga for back pain

Yoga for back pain

Whether you’re in need of prevention or healing, low back pain is the commonest reason people take up yoga for healing.  However, not all yoga is the same, and if you do the wrong type or it’s poorly taught, you could end up doing yourself more harm than...
Stretches for Desk Based Workers

Stretches for Desk Based Workers

According to research, the average Brit spends 9½ hours each day sitting down – 7-8 hours at work, then another hour or two in front of the TV. That’s bad for us, for a whole range of reasons – in the long term it is associated with a higher risk of diabetes,...
Stiff spinal segments – Sarah Key Method 1

Stiff spinal segments – Sarah Key Method 1

Recently, I started a series of blog posts detailing Sarah Key’s theory on back pain. I wrote about spinal anatomy and explained how the spine should work in a “normal” situation. Now it’s time to start talking about what goes wrong with backs. Sarah’s theory is that...
Spinal anatomy – how does it work?

Spinal anatomy – how does it work?

I promised to explain Sarah Key’s theories about back pain; but first I need to go through how uninjured backs work. The normal spine with its S-shaped curve The spine is an S-shaped column of alternating vertebrae (bones) and discs. At the front of the spine are the...