Your body is Your Responsibility !

Most people are born with perfect functioning bodies, but over time we manage to create problems. Most of these problems are caused because we are too lazy to do the right things for a healthy body, instead preferring to take the path of least resistance. However, Your body is Your Responsibility !

These problems can be caused by constantly stuffing our faces with the wrong food, taking no exercise, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs or any number of other things that are unnatural to our bodies. There are other things we do that can build up problems over the years and are just as harmful to our health. These can include physical problems because of poor posture, incorrect use of our bodies that puts unwanted strain on our muscles and bones, and there is mental stress that ettects our physical being. If continued for long periods of time any one of these factors will have a negative effect on our body.

Our skeleton and muscles have evolved to work in certain ways, however we seem to find a whole new way to use them that does not necessarily do them any good.

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I am 6ft 5in tall (about 1.95m). During my teens I was very conscious of my height, especially as I grew head and shoulders above everyone else. This I believed made me stand out in a crown so I started to stoop and not stand up straight. My Mum and Dad constantly kept telling me to ‘Stand up straight, get your shoulders back, you look aweful bent over’. To me looking aweful seemed worse than standing out in a crowd so I started to stand up straight with my shoulders back. Very soon I decided I liked this as it did make me stand out but with some very positive outcomes.

I developed a 10 minute body check. Mentally, every ten minutes or there abouts I used to check whether I was stood up straight, (or sat up straight), whether my shoulders were down and relaxed, my head up and chest out….Yep, just like on a parrade ground. I still do my ten minute body checks to this day, and it has ensured that I have stayed upright and tall with no upper body problems, unlike many other people.

It has also ensured that through my working career I have not damaged my body either. Many clients I see have done just that, from activites at work. Some clients have created the problems through incorrect lifting or load bearing activities. We have all tried to lift things that were really too heavy for us to pick up on our own. However, either wanting to show off to colleages, get a job done quicker or by having a Boss breathing down your neck we have done what we knew to be wrong all the same.

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Another work related problem can happen when the same movement is carried out many times in a day. This is usually a movement that is not exactly natural to our bodies, but exerts a low level of stress to muscles, which when repeated many many times cause what use to be known as Repeatative Strain Injuries. They aren’t so much injuries but are closer to strain conditioning, where muscles take on a specific shape or memory because they are used too often to perform a particular movement.

Most company training now focuses on protecting the employee against such strain related problems, but for many years it was not considered at all. Many hairdressers, now in their 40s and older have cronic back conditions because they were not taught how to protect themselves while cutting and styling hair. This also applies to nurses and care workers who were expected to lift patients in and out of bed without mechanical aids.

Most professions now have strict guidelines and training to protect their workers. However, millions of office staff around the world are still at risk because they have not been taught the importance of good posture while working at their desk and on computers. Please read Posture at you computer for more infomation.

images Your body is Your Responsibility !If you are serious about maintaining your bodies physical health you have to consider every activity you do and always ensure you are not puting continous strain on your body. Even when you are chilling in front of the TV, how you sit on your comfy sofa will be leaving an inprint on your body. And if you sit with bad posture every evening then over time it will cause you to have problems with your back and shoulders.

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Even sitting as the lady to the right puts unequal stress on the muscles in your back. You are also encouraging your lower spine to curve to one side. If you sit and watch the TV for 5 hours every day (the worldwide average for daily TV viewing)  for a year like the lady here, you will have lower back problems at the end of the year.


What you do to your body is your responsibility and no one elses. No one makes you stuff your face with food, just like no one forces you to sit with bad posture. If you make bad choices with your body you will suffer the pain and discomfort. The information above is just some simple examples to highlight how easy it is to damage our bodies, and how with a little thought and effort, you can protect yourself.

Look after and protect your body, it’s the only one you will get



Scoliosis is the medical term used to indicate that a person has a curvature of the spine. This can take the form a gradual curve upwards to the left or right from the pelvis, or consist of a curve to one side and then move to the other, a double scoliosis. Both are more common than is generally believed.

Scoliosis can occur at birth or as a child grows and is rarely detected as parents and Health Care professionals do not actively look for them. Curvatures can also develop from accidents, or over time from bad posture or a repetitive work related movement.

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Some people are severely deformed by their spinal curvatures which can also include the twisting of the body. For these people movement can be so restricted that life is a constant painful battle.


An Ongoing Problem

Generally, it is only over a number of years that someone with a curvature will notice any discomfort or pain, However, some people suffer from an early age if the curves are so extreme that pressure is induced to one side of a single or multiple number of spinal discs. This can cause not only pain but also the tendency of the disc(s) to bulge on one side, pressing onto the spinal cord and also giving restricted space for the nerves exiting the spine.

Muscles also suffer over time as they are misshapen by the curvature. This will result in the muscles on the concave side of a curvature being stretch further than they should, and those on the convex side of the curve being pushed into a space that is less than the muscle mass, thus creating a hump or bulge. Because the muscles can not function as they should they are usually constantly tense, work inefficiently and cause discomfort leading to pain.


Some Causes of Scoliosis

As mentioned above, some people are born with curvatures, caused by anomalies in the bone structure. However, the cause of some other curvatures are not known.  It is also possible that some curvatures are genetic, passed from one of the parents to the child, or a combination of genes.

Scoliosis can also be caused by a difference in leg lengths. If you imagine that your legs and pelvis are the legs and top of a table. If one leg is shorter than the other leg the table top is not totally horizontal and slopes to one side. Anything that stands on this table top is not truly vertical, and the thing that stands on our table top is our spine. If our pelvis is not horizontal then the spine stands slightly leaning to one side. Gradually, bit by bit, our spine will develop curves.

In the young this is not normally that noticeable and does not slow a child down. But, as we grow our amazing bodies are adapting our frame to enable us to function: to play, to work, to walk, run, to sit and lay down and all the other things we ask our bodies to perform. It is only in our thirties or forties and onwards that we start to notice the price to be paid. Our spine is now fully curved and the muscles in our back find it hard to function as they are have built up a memory from a curved spine, not a straight one. Remember, the muscles are stretched or clumped together and can’t function as they should. The curve is also putting pressure on our discs, which as mentioned above can then lead to another set of problems with our nerves.

Our body now functions in an increasingly limited number of ways, as it does not have the freedom of movement that a straight spine gives. As we grow older our bodies becomes less and less able to operate as we wish, although we can still get around. The adaption process has now become a semi-conscious process, as we have to misuse our body to move. This in turn can mean that we develop a hunched appearance and have torsional twist in our body.

We can also develop curvatures from accidents or poorly performed hip operations, but essentially these generally create different leg lengths.



As with most complaints, a diagnosis is the first place to start. However, many Healthcare Professionals and therapists working in the Complementary Health sector do not observe patients correctly.

A typical patient with scoliosis that has been caused by leg length differences will have certain visual clues that the observant practisioner will pick up on; They may look like they lean to one side; One shoulder could be higher than the other; Their shoulders will vertically not be in line with their hips; They could well have problems sitting and standing up; They may have pain in their back; They will stand with one leg slightly bent and might walk with a limp.

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When I meet a patient with any of these symptoms, I use a test to check what I believe to be the cause. This is simply to slide a book under the foot of the leg I suspect to be shorter. Normally the patient will exclaim that they feel level or balanced  (followed by various other emotions ranging from joy at finally getting to the bottom of their problem, to outright anger that no one they have seen previously has ever thought to do something similar).

There is a possibility that the leg length discrepence has been caused by one of the hip joints not being seated correctly. This can occur through accidents, hypamobility of the joints or the fact that in certain leg positions, movement upwards can cause the femur to come into contact with the front of the pelvis. Continued upward movement levers the hip joint apart.


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The basic fundermental principle of Dorn Method is establishing correct leg length and a balanced pelvis, as this is our body’s foundation that everything thing else works around. Once I have fully identify the problem, and having ensured that both hips joints are engaged correctly, I then start to straighten their scoliosis using Dorn Method. I also show my patients how they can treat themselves by simply using a door frame or the corner of a wall. This is enpowering as it gives them some control over their own healing.

If the patient has a true leg length difference then I refer them to their GP, for onward referral to their nearest Orthopedic unit.  Orthopedic units will take the patients normal shoes and subtly adapt them to make up for the different leg lengths.



Many people suffer with headaches on a regular or even daily basis. These headaches can be caused by eye strain from optical problems, however a higher percentage of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the shoulders and upper back. These headaches manifest themselves as a tight band around our head, usually starting across the top of our skull and ending behind our eyes.

Humans seem to hold tremendous amounts of stress and tension in our shoulders. Our shoulder muscles are our flood gates or physical barrier, holding back all our feelings of frustation, fear, anguish, pain and much more. The more feelings that are supressed or held back, the greater the tension and the further our head sinks in between our shoulders. Likewise, holding our head in one position constantly without rest or movement will create the same effect (tipically, sitting at a computer or driving for too long without significant movement, stretching or rest). The physcial strain on our muscles is immense and this results in the tension, and eventual knotted muscles we all experience.

Shoulder and Neck Muscles

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As can be seen from this illustration, most of the muscles in the shoulder areas are attached to the under side of the skull just below the oxcypital (the boney outcrop at the back of the skull). There are more than 30 muscles in your shoulder and neck area. Once the muscles are under continuous tension a stress (pulling) is excerted around our neck and onto the places where the muscle attaches to the skull. Your shoulders will feel stiff and you may find resistance turning your head from side to side, up or down.

At this point the nurve receptors start sending messages to our brain that things are not as they should be. It is these multiple messages that start the ‘tightening band’ sensation in your head. As a result, this in turn leads to most people not wanting to move their head as it seems to tighten the band around their head and sends those woozey feelings to the stomach. Unfortunately it also tightens the muscles further as they are purposely tensed to stop your head from moving.


The only true key to stopping headaches is relaxing the muscles in the shoulders and neck, thus releasing the pulling effect at the base of the skull. Reaching for the paracetamol can give short-term relief, as they stop the nurves from shouting at your brain for a short while. Unfortunately in many cases this is only masking the symptoms, not treating the real problem.

Long-term the muscle tension must be addressed. This can be done with either spending less time on the computer, or having regular breaks (see Posture at your computer). The same applies to driving for long distances without taking breaks.

Using meditation or other relaxation techniques will also help manage stress levels from our busy lives and pent-up feelings. Massage will definately physically reduce knots and tension in the shoulder and neck muscles, giving instant relief and long-term relaxation. Doing things that help you relax and enjoy life are also part of the long-term management plan. These will vary from person to person, but do not include alcohole or drugs, as these again only mask the symptoms.

Altimately you need to stop whatever it is that generates the muscle stress that leads to your headaches. Easier said than done I know, but nonetheless the only way to long-term headache relief.


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Posture at your Computer

Posture at your Computer

I love computers, they are going to keep me in the Therapy Industry forever.

The reason for this is because most people who use a computer for the majority of their work will develop problems in their neck, shoulders, upper and middle back. This will occur because of extended periods spent with poor posture at your computer without movement and exercise.

Many companies believe that because they have given their staff good chairs, the staff will not develop back problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as the staff need to learn the best way to use their chair and the best way to set up their work station. Poor posture at your computer will result in your back and shoulders being painful, loss of earnings through time of work and a general feeling of being run down.

Changing your Computer Posture

You will notice from this picture that our person has their bottom right in the chair and is using the chair back to support their upper body. This promotes a totally neutral muscle position as none of the muscles are being over exerted to maintain this position. The legs can be regularly repositioned to avoid getting a ‘numb bum’.

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Your work station also needs to be laid out correctly. Keeping the mouse, phone and writing impliments either side of the keyboard reduces the need for continual stretching across your desk. If you work from paper documents it can be awkward finding space to place this and keep your keyboard near to you. It is recommended that this is held in a purpose made holder or frame that can stand on your desk.

One point of note that will explain the height of the screen.  Us humans like to have our face parallel with any screen we are viewing close up (and a visual necessity with modern flat screens). Having the screen at almost head height stops the need for head tilt and ‘craning’ our head backwards to get our face parallel with the screen. It also needs to be mentioned that the screen MUST be within a 30 degree arch from the persons centreline. This is essential to stop excessive stress on the neck muscles.

The reality is that there is no perfect solution to setting up your work station. Compremise will be required to carry out your daily work but if you bear in mind the simple set-up above you will lessen the longterm impact on your body.

The Final Important Part

The last important part to improve your posture at your computer is…………. NOT sitting hour after hour in the same position, bashing away at your keyboard ! Every half an hour, get up from your chair, stretch, walk around the office/go to the water machine/go to the toilet for at least a couple of minutes before returning to your desk.

I know it is easy to become engrosed in work you are doing, or having your Boss breathing down your neck for that report. BUT, if you are fit to work you will perform better and get more done….. SO get up and move around ever half an hour, you will feel so much better for it.

Prevention is better than cure !

If you spend your working life with poor posture at your computer, without heeding the advise above you WILL develop problems in your upper back, shoulders and neck. These problems WILL NOT just go away and they WILL impact on every part of your life as you grow older. It is YOUR responsility to keep yourself fit to work and in a condition to be able to enjoy a pain free life. Make some small changes now that your body WILL reward you for in the future.


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The Dorn Method

The Dorn Method

I was introduced to Dorn Method by my lovely wife Vanessa. We both completed an advanced course in Germany in 2008 with Thomas Zudrell. I have been using Dorn Method with many patients since.

Dorn Method is named after Dieter Dorn, who was the first person to put this amazing treatment into a teachable form.

Dieter hurt his back at work one day and was advised to go and see an old man in the village who could help him. Very quickly the old man identified what was wrong with Dieter back and corrected it there and then. Dieter was so impressed that he wanted to know more, and use it to help people himself.

His first patient was his wife, who had a neck problem that her Doctors wanted to operate on. Dieter was able to treat his wife using  his new knowledge and she made a full recovery.

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Dieter went on to treat coach loads of people who arrived from the surrounding areas. He used his kitchen table to perform the treatments. A retired Doctor convinced Dieter to put his treatment into a recognizable form and to start teaching other people to use Dorn Method.

Dorn Method is unique as:

  • It is safe, gentle and painless
  • The patient is involved and doesn’t just lay on the couch
  • The patient is shown very simple exercises that help to reinforce the treatments.

How does Dorn Method work ?

The human skeleton is held together by our muscles. Unfortunately the muscles are not intelligent and will hold a bone in place whether it is in it’s correct position or not. The muscle will tighten if it is holding a bone in the wrong place however, the classic example of this being sciatica ( see )

Conventional treatments aim to force the bone back into position against the strength of the muscle. This is done with either significant pressure or twisting the body to add torsional strength to move the bone.

The Clever Bit

Dorn Method works by introducing guided movement to the body. I simply use my thumb or the flat of my hand to move bones to their correct position. The simple guided movements are swinging a leg to and fro, or both arms back and forth.

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With the introduction of movement, the muscle are distracted and release their grip on our bones. At this point bones can easily be moved back to their correct position with a small amount of controlled pressure. How hard I press is controlled by the patient. I use Breuss Massage on the spine to help relax the muscles before a Dorn treatment.

How Dorn Method helped me

On a personal note, I suffered with Sciatica for ten years, making my life a misery. My visits to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths only made a difference to my bank account.

Vanessa and I were ‘Guinea-pigs’ for each other during our training, practicing on each other. Combined with the simple exercises my Sciatica disappeared in days and has NEVER returned. I still do the simple exercises as I found they help keep me supple and free from normal back ache

My Patients

The list of ailments my patient come to me with are very long. I have treated people successfully with the following complaints:

  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • ‘Frozen’ shoulders
  • Arthritis (Dorn Method can help mobilise inflamed joins and promotes movement of fingers and limbs)
  • Cubital Tunnel (commonly associated with Guitar players)
  • Pelvic Imbalances (from accidents, child birth, sport)
  • Misaligned vertebra
  • Whip-lash
  • Tinnitus (caused by misalignment of the jaw bone or cervical vertebrae)
  • Stroke patients (to promote movement of digits and limbs)
  • Headaches or migraines (caused by misalignment cervical vertebrae)

Clinical Leg Length Difference.

I have also identified at least 60 patients who have a clinical leg length difference. These patients physically have one leg longer than the other, which has resulted in curvatures, severe back pain, deformity of the rib cage and possibly many other problems.

Unfortunately these patients have gone un-diagnosed for many years resulting in their bodies becoming very imbalanced. Dorn Method helps me to identify very quickly this particular problem. I can then refer patients to their GP, for further referral to an Orthopedic department to have corrective wedges made to go into their shoes.


Possibly the most important part of Dorn Method is the empowerment given to the patient. As mentioned above, the patient has an active part to play in the treatment. Once shown the simple exercises they are then empowered to take control of their problem and heal themselves.

Patients can do the exercises anywhere, as they only take a matter of seconds to complete.

The Pelvis


The Pelvis, your foundation.

In some ways the Pelvis is the most important structure in your body. It’s your base, the bedrock upon which your body stands and the core of such activities as standing, walking, running and balance adjustment. It is also a shock absorber, houses the hip joints and is the base on which your spine stands. The Pelvis is also one of the few places in the body where male and female anatomy looks significantly different.

The Pelvis is not one solid bone, it’s made up of three separate bones with ligaments and connective tissue holding it together.

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The two side are the bones that look like elephant’s ears, and incorporate the hip joints. These are held together at the front by soft tissue. At the rear both sides sandwich the Sacrum, a bone made from separate vertebra that have fused together over thousands of years. On top of your Sacrum your spine is stacked and below is your coccyx, which is all that remain of the tails we once had.

As I mentioned above, the Pelvis is not one bone and this is crucial during child birth. In it’s normal state the pelvis is not wide enough for a baby to pass through. However, during labour the sides of the Pelvis flex outwards to allow the baby to pass through. The separate parts should then close back up and resume their normal form. However, this is not always the case (see posting on Sciatica).

I will return to problems related with misaligned Pelvis’s in the future.

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Sciatica, it’s a pain !

Most people have heard of sciatica, a lot of people have and do suffer with it. I did…. for 10 years !

Sciatica is usually caused in one of two ways – a disc problem in the lower back causing physical pressure on to the sciatic nerve, or muscles constricting the nerve because of bone misalignment. Sound complicated ? It really isn’t.

As per a previous posting, I explained how the nerves exit the spinal column between the vertebra forming your spine. If the pathway the nerve takes is restricted because of a problem with a disc or vertebra, this will give the symptoms of sciatica. If permanent damage has been caused then unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done without surgery or pain management.

However, sciatica can be caused in another way, as mine was.

Your skeletal frame is held together by your muscles. Unfortunately, your muscles are not intelligent and will hold a bone in it’s current position even if that isn’t where it should be. The muscles will, in these circumstances, tighten up as a direct reaction to the incorrectly placed bone.

The most common way sciatica occurs is by the pelvic bones being misaligned. As per my previous post, the pelvis is made up of a number of bones. If either side of your pelvis is rotated backwards, the muscles in your pelvis will tighten and constrict your sciatica nerve as it works it way towards your hip join and then down your leg.

The symptoms can also be caused by vertebra misalignments in the lower back (lumber region), or misalignment of the sacrum.

Misalignments are typically caused by falls, repetitive movement, rapid twisting movements, bad posture, car accidents and child-birth.

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If you suffer with sciatica and find that walking eases the pain then your sciatica can be treated.

Clients who I see with sciatica typically require two treatments to make a full recovery. I also empower clients to help heal themselves with some very simple one minute exercises.

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Some facts about body pain


Here are some facts about body pain that may dispel things you have grown up believing.

Fact: 20 million people in the UK will have back problems during their life time.

Fact: You can only register one bodily pain at a time.

Fact: A trapped nerve isn’t trapped.

Fact: Discs don’t ‘slip’.

Fact: Frozen shoulders are rarely ‘frozen’ solid.

From childhood we are conditioned to except some of the above statements as fact. The truth of the matter though is that these terms are used by Doctors and patients alike to put a name to many varying conditions that all cause body pain.

Over 20 million of us in the UK alone will experience some sort of back problems during our lifetime. That’s isn’t so surprising really seeing as how we rely on our spine and associated muscles to do so much in our daily lives. There are also many who will suffer damage from accidents and genetic problems.

The good thing is that no matter how many problems you have, your brain receptors will only register the one that is ‘shouting’ the loudest. You can have chronic back pain but if you hit your thumb with a hummer your back will stop hurting for a while as your thumb is shouting louder.

Nerves are rarely trapped, as a nerve trapped between two bones would be so painful you would just continuously pass out. Nerve can be restricted by muscles contracting onto them or pass through restricted pathways, which can be painful and create pins and needles.

Discs don’t slip. Yours discs are like shock absorbers, they sit between each of the vertebra which make up your spine. The discs are horseshoe shaped and are bonded to the bones. The open section of the discs points backwards and from this gap the nerves exit the spinal cord and go to other areas of the body.

Discs can bulge, become wedge shaped and will loose their sponginess in time but they can not slip from between the bones. This would cause a major trauma as it would impact on your spinal cord and result in unbelievable pain and paralysis.

Frozen shoulders are rarely frozen solid, the cause generally being muscular in nature. The shoulder joints are the most complicated joints in the human body, as no other joint allows such range of movement. All this movement is controlled by groups of muscles and damage to these muscles is usually the source restricted shoulder/arm movement.


Pain – The eternal enemy


Everybody, sometime in their life will suffer with bodily pain. For some it will be fleeting and a mere annoyance as they grow older. For other though, it will be a constant nagging voice, with them every minute of every day. Most people, however will have periods of intense pain due to an injury, an accident or the result of years of poor posture or repetitive movement.

As a specialist in muscular/skeletal pain I see many people with many complaints. Some problems are caused by genetics, some by injuries sustained recently or when the client was younger, others are the result of poor posture or asking their bodies to do too much.

Which ever is the case, we are actually talking about bio-mechanics, how your muscles and bones physically work. It’s really simple: a system of levers and hinges (bones and their joints) operated by electro-sensitive tissue (muscles), controlled by a wiring loom (nerves).

As with all machinery there are some standard things that go wrong, some from misuse and others by constant use over time. Unfortunately, there are other factors which have a bearing on how our bodies perform, including our ability to decide to be lazy and not use our bodies how we should.

To be fair many will not know they are misusing their bodies, as no one has ever told/shown them the correct way to do things or commented on their posture or their lack of exercise.

In my future messages I will explain, in plain language, how our bio-mechanics work, things that can go wrong and how we can prevent a lot of the pain we suffer with.