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The above calculation is done when comparing sitting motionless to standing motionless. 

If you compare standing while fidgeting to sitting while fidgeting, you get 30 extra calories per hour. If you stand for half the workday, or 4 hours, you burn an extra 120 calories per day.

My hubbie decided to try this at work last week after watching a show on this topic and he's moving much better for it already.

standing desk

The Benefits of Hanging Upside Down

For my bulging disc and scoliosis clients I think these are an absolute must. 

My family bought an inversion table 25 years ago. I bought the same one 5 years ago and have never regretted the purchase. When my back gets sore from too much bending I use my inversion table to stretch out my spine, within 5 mins of hanging upside down my pain is gone and my back feels good. 

With the invention of the yoga trapeze I am now recommending this to many of my back pain sufferers, especially my tradies.


Does your posture start to slump a little by the end of the day?  

Is your chair or car seat not agreeing with your back?

Are you in and out of the car/truck, constantly twisting and turning?

Do you spend long periods behind the wheel whether commuting or driving for a living?

These cheap simple products could be the answer you have been looking for.
I have the first one, the mesh lumbar support ($!0 at Autobarn) in all our cars as well as our office chairs and have even used it on the couch. Highly recommend it.

What is Psoas?

Clients suffering lower back pain, often commenting that it’s  worse when they go from sitting to standing frequently turns out to be the psoas muscle in spasm. 
Psoas muscle

The psoas (with a silent “P”) runs from the inside of the transverse processes of your lumbar vertebrae (the attachment surfaces of the bones of your lower spine) internally to the lesser trochanter of your femur (an attachment point on the inside of the top of your thigh bone) and acts as a hip flexor (raises your knee towards your chest) and external rotator (turns your thigh out).

SHOULDER PAIN?…It could be your handbag.

Lady’s handbags are a cause of neck and shoulder tension.

The problem with handbags is the weight and in particular how that weight is distributed.

The average weight of a ladies handbag is around3-4 kgsthese days. While this doesn’t sound that much, if I asked you to carry a 3-4 kg dumbbell over your shoulder for 2-3 hours a day, imagine how you’d feel?

The handbag strap usually sits half way between the shoulder joint and your neck on top of the shoulder muscles. Right under those muscles are important nerves, blood vessels and your 1st rib.


Do you have any idea that wallets can lead to extreme pain in the lower back in men? It is not about shortage of money that cause it but it is a small wallet that put stress on the lower back and cause sciatica in several cases. On the other hand, several studies explain the advantages of a thin wallet. 

Basically, thick walletkeeps the person’s posture incorrectdue to which it can injure the sciatic nerve and can causes sciatica. There are many things that you need to carry like bills, identity cards and credit cards so it is difficult to carry it in a tiny wallet.

Tightness in the Abductors

The ball-and-socket construction of your hip joint allows you to move your thigh in many different directions. One possible movement of the hip is abduction. The abductors move the thigh away from the center of the body, such as when you take a step to the side. 

When your abductors are tight, they restrict the mobility of your hip. This can lead to pain on the outside of your knees as well as in your lower back and hips. When your piriformis is tight, you might experience pain that begins in your buttocks and radiates down your leg.

Water and Lower Back Pain

Taken from the bookThe essential guide to Water and Salt

Water and Salt bookLower Back Pain

It should be appreciated that the spinal joints - intervertebral joints and their disc structures - aredependent on different hydraulic properties of water stored in the disc core, as well as in the end plate cartilage covering the flat surfaces of the spinal vertebrae.  

In spinal vertebral joints, water is not only a lubricant for the contact surfaces, it is held in the disc core within the intervertebral space andsupports the compression weight of the upper part of the body.

Lower Back Pain caused by infection

An article in The Telegraph in England about groundbreaking research in Denmark. It appears the Danes don’t just give us Eurovision winners! Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have discovered that in up tohalf the cases of chronic lower back, there is a bacterial infection present.

In cases where an intervertebral disc has been herniated, thedamage to the disc can allow bacteria to penetratecausing inflammation and the pain associated with it. This is great news for those whose back pain has been unresponsive to treatment, as many of those in the clinical trial were cured or significantly relieved of their pain after a three month course of combination antibiotic therapy.


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The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely can occur in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
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