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Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates
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Spring is nearly here in Centennial Park!!
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Brig having fun at her course on the weekend!!! http://ow.ly/i/crLU0 http://ow.ly/i/crLVe
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Check out our latest video about spinal anatomy
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Ever wondered what a herniated disc actually is?

Check out this video for a great explanation:
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Do you suffer from headaches? Read this blog to lean how to relieve your headache. 
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Want to understand how your neck could be causing your headache? Check out this blog!
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The best sitting posture! This is very relevant for a Monday!

We are always getting asked what is the best sitting posture. Here is the answer:

Many people believe that sitting up nice and straight is best for your spine. This couldn't be further from the truth. When you sit bolt upright the big erector spinae muscles have to work very hard causing compression on the spine.

Steps to good sitting posture:
1. Push your hips to the back of the chair
2. Put some type of support behind the small of your back
3. Lean back into the chair
4. Try and sit in a relaxed posture
5. When possible(while taking calls, etc) try and lean back even further
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In line with our posture theme, here is another great picture highlighting the importance of posture. As you can see there is more force going through your neck the more curved your thoracic(upper back) gets. Keeping your thoracic supple is the key to decreasing this forward head posture.
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In yesterdays post we were talking about lengthening through the spine. Here is a great exercise to help lengthen the spine and prevent neck pain. I do this every time I get in a lift which is numerous times a day. Some of my clients do it while waiting for the kettle to boil.

The best way to do it is to draw your chin back as if you are trying to make a double chin(great look in the lift I know). As you draw back think about growing taller through the crown of your head. Hold for three seconds and repeat 10 times a day.
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