Yoga poses a risk to those with osteoporosis


Yoga postures that flex the spine beyond its limits may raise the risk of compression fractures in people with thinning bones, according to research from Mayo Clinic. The results appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere have described injuries from yoga.… Read More»

That feeling in your bones


Rainy weather has long been blamed for achy joints. Unjustly so, according to new research from Harvard Medical School. The analysis, published Dec. 13 in BMJ, found no relationship between rainfall and joint or back pain. The notion that certain symptoms and weather go hand… Read More»

Sleep affects pain management


After one night of inadequate sleep, brain activity ramps up in pain-sensing regions while activity is scaled back in areas responsible for modulating how we perceive painful stimuli. This finding, published in JNeurosci, provides the first brain-based explanation for the well-established relationship between sleep and… Read More»

Hello George! Your days of back pain are over


Osteopath Dr Gerhard van der Merwe has recently opened his Spine Health & Back Pain Centre in George at 2 Forest Road, Heatherlands. Here he treats back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries with an integrated approach of physiotherapy, osteopathy, musculoskeletal medicine, exercise physiology and… Read More»

How to ease back pain


For many, back pain is triggered by a strenuous activity, such as gardening or weight-lifting. Others simply bend down to pick up a pen and their back gives out. Any back pain or injury should be addressed immediately. Early intervention can help prevent a chronic… Read More»

The worst sleeping positions


Do you wake up with a nagging lower back pain? It could be because of your sleeping position. People who sleep in one position the whole night often complain of spine issues. Therefore, it’s important to sleep in a position that doesn’t impact on your… Read More»

Preventing mid-back pain


Mid-back pain occurs in the thoracic spine — between the rib cage and the base of the neck. Here, there are 12 spinal disks, several vertebrae and many muscles and ligaments. Any of these structures can become irritated or damaged, leading to mid-back pain. Causes… Read More»