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March 3, 2017

What exactly is ‘Bad’posture?

Are you sitting up to straight? Yes, that’s right. Sitting up to straight and constantly over correcting your spine can be the source of all your ba

March 3, 2017

Back Pain

Why do I have back pain? This is the question everybody asks when experiencing back pain! I’m here to share with you YES there is a reason and YES y

March 3, 2017

Sore Feet?

Do you suffer from sore feet? Tight calves? Do you feel pain/restriction in your legs, hips and lower limbs? There are a few simple things you can do

We are moving. Upstairs!

The Healthy Balance team are re locating a few steps away.
As of the 1st of July we will be opening our clinic rooms upstairs on 194 Cavendish rd Coorparoo
We are pleased this move allows us bigger treatment rooms and more availability options in peak times
Access to the clinic will now be via Cavendish Rd

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What exactly is ‘Bad’posture?

Are you sitting up to straight?

Yes, that’s right. Sitting up to straight and constantly over correcting your spine can be the source of all your back pain. Have you ever wondered why sitting up straight causes you pain? Basically over straightening the middle of your spine is one of the worst things you could be doing for back and upper body pain in the body.

Constantly,I am finding people are dramatically over straightening the middle of their backs when sitting. Most of these people have been taught its good posture, in fact it is actually the source of most of their pain. Once our body looses its natural thoracic curve in the spine, we loose correct hip alignment and loose our ability to breath through our belly. All these movements are vital in keeping our mobility and keeping us pain free.

over straightening the middle of your spine is one of the worst things you could be doing for back and upper body pain
  • Remember the spine always need its curves, these are the cushions for movement
  • Above is optimal curve for ease of movement
  • A slight curve without dramatically slouching or sitting too straight is optimal

Joanne Paine

Healthy Balance Massage therapy

Back Pain

Why do I have back pain?

This is the question everybody asks when experiencing back pain! I’m here to share with you YES there is a reason and YES you can fix it yourself. The first step is realizing you can fix your back.

The body works mechanically as a pully system constantly stabilizing itself against every joint and movement we make. Once we become unaware of our natural breathing and movement patterns our pully system creates tension and overload in places which where never equipped to stabalise us and move the body correctly, from here is where the tension grows then develops as back pain or pain in the body.

Fixing this is simply and most importantly done with our breath! The movement we average 23,040 times per day.

Fixing this is simply and most importantly done with our breath! The movement we average 23,040 times per day.

The key for our pully system to work efficiently is expanding our belly out like a balloon to the front and back on the INBREATH. This is what stabilizes and stretches all the deep muscles of the spine, also creating a deep stretch and stabilization of the hips and allows the upper body to stabilize and move freely.

This is our natural breathing pattern from birth, however once the pully system starts to move incorrectly the breathing system becomes lost. Focusing on expanding your belly out on the in breath and relaxing with gentle abdominal pressure on the out breath is the key to not only fixing back pain, but moving the body at its natural state and to the best of its ability! Joanne Paine Healthy Balance Massage therapy Where is my back pain coming from?

Sore Feet?

Do you suffer from sore feet? Tight calves? Do you feel pain/restriction in your legs, hips and lower limbs? There are a few simple things you can do to get your feet and body moving & feeling great again!

The first step is to get your feet moving fluidly & then gaining mobility through the joints. This will then setup the foundation for correct alignment throughout your entire body. Awesome hey! Think of your feet as the foundations of your home… they need to be strong and able to adapt to and support any changes in weight and pressure. They are extremely important in maintaining proper alignment.

These 3 exercises can help you get back on track in no time. Don’t forget to do both feet!

The first step is to get your feet moving fluidly & then gaining mobility through the joints. This will then setup the foundation for correct alignment throughout your entire body.

1. Monkey Feet

Simply spread your toes and wiggle the fingers of your opposite hand between each of your toes, this can be hard enough in itself!Now gently curl your toes (plantar flexion) and then bring them back up towards your ankle (dorsi flexion). Use only your toes/feet to facilitate this movement, NOT your fingers. Your fingers are merely there to create space. Carry out this movement 5-6 times. You may feel a fair amount of discomfort, don’t worry this is normal. Just keep on doing it!

2. Monkey Feet 2

Keeping your fingers in between your toes, you are now going to twist your foot side to side using only your foot to facilitate movement, again NOT your hands. You can try doing figure eight movements or simply twisting to the left then to the right. All movement should only be coming from your foot, NOT YOUR ANKLE. Try holding your foot with your free hand to make this easier. This is very important, as the purpose of this exercise is to mobilize the joints of the feet. And remember, your fingers are merely there to create space between your toes.

3. Rewiring your Movement Pattern

This next exercise is designed to rewire your movement pattern when using your feet for walking, running, standing up, moving in general etc. Sit down on a small chair so that your thigh is parallel to the ground, place your foot directly underneath your knee, so the ankle and knee joint are stacked one above the other. Then press down into the floor, visualizing the 3 points of contact on your foot (one in the middle of your heel, one underneath your big toe joint, one under your small toe joint) keeping pressure on these 3 points (you should feel a slight activation in your gluet) flex your toes up and down while keeping your ankle completely still. This exercise will be much easier to do correctly after the first 2 exercises have been completed.

So there you have it! Healthy feet, healthy body 🙂