An excellent video visualising the anatomy of core stability and how to establish that stability through uniform activation of all the muscles that make up the core. A very relevant video as core work is one of our staples at Backs Etc.
Can you actually make a disease disappear? Dr. Rangan Chatterjee thinks you can, and describes how in this TEDx Talk. Often referred to as the doctor of the future, Rangan is changing the way that we look at illness and how medicine will be practiced in years to come. He highlighted his methods in the BBC TV show, Doctor In The House, gaining him much acclaim from patients, his contemporaries, and the media.
We’re big fans of Chatterjee’s approach, and highly recommend his book, The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life.
Proper breathing technique is something we focus on at Backs Etc in both our therapy and training appointments. Without addressing poor breathing mechanics, it can be hard to make lasting changes to a patient’s pain or dysfunction. Often the problem stems from the inability to build intra-abdominal pressure (‘IAP’) using diaphragmatic breathing, and so there is an over-reliance on neck or back muscles that become painful.
Here's a video of a quick, full body joint mobility routine that we do ourselves and suggest to many of our clients. It only takes 5-6 minutes, and mobilises all the major joints of your body, as well as adding a little dynamic stretching. It's a great little routine to do first thing in the morning or just before a workout.
I recently re-certified in First Aid, partly so I can fulfil my duty of care to my patients if there is an incident at the practice, but also to give me the confidence to help if I come across an incident where someone has collapsed. Two important take-aways from the session are that if someone is not visibly breathing the most important thing is to move them onto their back to be able to assess them and start CPR if necessary, whilst help is on the way. This is the case even if you suspect a neck injury, although of course try to move them as gently as possible. Then when doing CPR as demonstrated in this video, you just need to do the chest compressions to keep the blood circulating, you don’t need to worry about the rescue breaths.
Watch the video here.