28 Nov 2016

Patient Of The Month For December

Our patient of the month for December is someone we have been wanting to post about for a while. Rod Barlow has been a patient of Bend + Mend since the very start (and even saw Fiona and Kellie before they were Bend + Menders!). He is always a pleasure to have in the clinic […]

1 Sep 2016

The Hunchback Of Corporate Life

Are you a desk-jockey who feels their poor sitting posture is turning them into the resident office hunch back? I like to call this posture the “Hunchback of corporate life”, but don’t worry you are definitely not alone if you feel like this! When you sit at a desk all day in one particular position, […]

29 Apr 2016

Flat Shoulder Plane In The Golf Swing

What is Flat Shoulder Plane in the Golf Swing? The correct set up position requires the player to forward bend at the hips, which means the spine is tilted forwards. In an ideal swing, the shoulders turn perpendicular to the tilted spine during the backswing. Flat shoulder plane is when the shoulders turn on a […]

3 Apr 2016

Loss of Posture In Your Golf Swing

What  do we mean by “Loss of Posture”when swinging a golf club? Loss of posture is really any significant deviation from the body’s original set up angles during the golf swing. Timing, balance and rhythm can all be affected by loss of posture. The block to the right and a hook to the left for a […]

2 Mar 2016

C-Posture in Golfers

What is C-Posture in a Golfer? C-Posture occurs when the shoulders and thoracic spine are slumped forward and there is a definitive roundness to the back from the tail-bone to the back of the neck. This posture can limit the player’s ability to rotate by dramatically reducing thoracic spine mobility. If the player fails to […]

1 Mar 2016

Does Your iPad Cause “Tablet-Neck”?

Portable technologies such as ipads/tablets have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. Recent ergonomic research highlights a link between increased head and neck flexion (looking down!) and neck pain. Studies have shown that frequent tablet users tend to hold their head and neck in a flexed position (much more than that of desktop […]

24 Nov 2014

Exercises to Improve Posture

Poor posture can cause considerable strain throughout the body and increase the likelihood of injuries. In our city clinic, we see many injuries which have been attributable to poor postures throughout the day. Before starting it is important to ensure your work-station (or computer desk at home) is set up correctly. It would be inefficient […]

27 Oct 2014

What is Pilates? A Short History

Well, maybe the better question is who is Pilates?  Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, and wasn’t a healthy child.  He had developed rheumatic fever at a young age, was plagued by rickets, and even had to battle asthma.  But Pilates did not let this slow him down.  He was determined to become […]

13 Aug 2012

Persistent Neck and Shoulder Pain

Here at Bend + Mend we see our fair share of patients with tight and painful neck and shoulder areas. Sometimes a good firm (sometimes painful) rub will give temporary relief of muscle pain. However, if your muscles AND joints have become tight then massage alone will not be enough to fix them.  If underlying […]

20 Feb 2012

Ergonomics- Why is it so important?

When most of us hear the term ergonomics we probably think of seating and sit up a bit straighter in our own chair.  But most of us will admit how hard it is to maintain a perfect posture, so you will probably be glad to hear that this is where ergonomics can help out.