Mid & Lower Traps Activation: Make Desk Posture Easier

Mid & Lower Traps Activation: Make Desk Posture Easier

In this, the 4th in this series, we discuss what happens when you have poor mid & lower traps activation and how to fix it. The first was an overview of what activation is and why it’s important, generally, in the second we discussed glute activation and a simple exercise to start waking them up, and the third and most recent one was about waking up the lower abdominal muscles, which can help with, among other things,

Why & How to Activate Your Lower Abdominals (activation post #3)

Why & How to Activate Your Lower Abdominals (activation post #3)

Welcome back! This is the third in our activation series. Click here to read number 1 (a general discussion about what muscle activation is and why it’s important, with an overview of the most common underrecruited muscles). Number 2, which you can read by clicking here, focused on glutes. Glutes are one of the most common under active muscles and one of the muscles that has the most effect as far as in the rest

What Does It Mean When Your Muscles are ‘Switched Off’? (and why should you care?)

What Does It Mean When Your Muscles are ‘Switched Off’? (and why should you care?)

Muscle Activation Series – Part I What It Means When Your Muscles are Switched Off and Why You Should Care If you’ve been to an appointment with us before, you’ve probably heard us talking about muscle activation or muscle recruitment. It’s a big issue that affects most of our clients one way or the other, and we’ve found there are three main muscles/areas that tend to be underactive and the underlying cause of a lot

How Your Neck Can Cause Hip Problems

How Your Neck Can Cause Hip Problems

Notes from James’ Earls CAM Expo Workshop A few weeks ago the whole team attended the CAM Expo, which is one of the largest trade shows for complementary therapies in the UK. In addition to winning their prestigious Clinic of the Year award (shameless plug), we all had an opportunity to attend workshops with some of the most prominent people in the industry. This is one in a series of our biggest takeaways and how

Want to Know Why You Get Neck & Shoulder Pain at Your Desk? Read This

Want to Know Why You Get Neck & Shoulder Pain at Your Desk? Read This

Picture this: you’re typing furiously at your computer, working on an important deadline. You glance down at the clock and realise you have less than an hour to finish this and get it out. As you type, a familiar distraction starts to creep in. ‘Oh no, not now’ you think. It starts between your shoulder blades, like a dull ache, and moves up to a tired feeling in your shoulders. The last thing you need

LSM Desk Stretch Challenge & Easy Desk Stretches

LSM Desk Stretch Challenge & Easy Desk Stretches

It’s June! The weather outside is getting warmer, and brighter, and… You get to sit at a desk all day. Great.   I had an idea to make sitting at your desk a little more fun this month.   How about a little challenge? And everyone who participates gets a chance to win… Last week, I came across a great 12-exercise desk routine that stretches and strengthens your whole body. Realistically, though, I’d say the last

6 Easy Ways to Help Your Desk Posture

Almost everybody knows that your posture at your desk can be a big factor in any neck and shoulder pain you’re getting. But man, is it hard to sit up straight at a desk all day! We’ve prepared six easy ways you can improve your posture at your desk. It includes exercises or stretches you can do to make it easier, others are tips to help where people often get it wrong, or to help you remember to

Your Neck & Shoulder Pain Questions Answered

Your Neck & Shoulder Pain Questions Answered

Between August and October we had a survey up on the website for people to ask us their neck &  shoulder pain questions. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their questions. In this post, we’ve taken some of the most popular questions and answered them here. As the old saying goes, if one is asking it then ten are thinking it! Feel free to browse the full article, or click

Are Your Shoulders Up When You Type?

Are Your Shoulders Up When You Type?

I was at a cafe, meeting a fellow mother for a coffee pre-Cheeky Monkeys playgroup and that’s when I saw it – A late-20’s, possibly early-30’s young woman with a blonde ponytail, typing on her laptop with her shoulders around her ears. For the entire time. Every time I looked over at her, there she was, hunched over her computer, her shoulders practically in contact with her earlobes. And all I could think of was:

Is One Shoulder Higher?

Is One Shoulder Higher?

July Question of the Month Is one of your shoulders higher than the other? Most people have one shoulder higher than the other. Is one of your shoulders higher, and if so, which one? How to find out Look in the mirror, let your arms hang by your side naturally, and look at your shoulders. Is one higher than the other? Check your collarbones – is the collarbone on your higher shoulder higher than the

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