Spinefulness on Good Morning America!

By |2018-11-23T11:13:56-07:00October 3rd, 2018|Back Pain, Bending, Healthy Posture, Media, Sitting, Sitting Posture, Technology|

On August 21, 2018, Jenn Sherer was interviewed for “Good Morning America” in a segment titled “How changing the way you sit can help decrease back pain.” Jenn worked with Jean Couch at the Balance Center until it closed earlier this year. Jenn mentions that it’s not sustainable to lift the chest all day long. It’s exhausting and can make your back sore. When you notice that you’re slumped, rather than tightening everything in an attempt to “sit up straight”, re-seat yourself, making sure that you bend at your hip joints as you sit down. Following the segment featuring [...]

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How to Bend Without Back Pain

By |2018-04-04T15:29:54-07:00April 4th, 2018|Bending, Healthy Posture|

Jean Couch and the Balance Center (where I did my posture training) were featured in the story “Lost Art of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines” on February 26, 2018. The segment discusses how common, everyday bending posture in industrialized countries is misaligned and dangerous. We tend to bend from the waist, like the image above, and look like “cashews” (we also sit that way!). Instead of curving into that C shape, healthy cultures bend with their spines elongated, looking straight – more like a “table.”  That’s because they bend at their hip joints. The author mentioned that [...]

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Balance Center on NPR 2/26/18

By |2018-11-23T11:13:06-07:00February 27th, 2018|Back Pain, Bending, Healthy Posture, Media|

NPR did a brief story on healthy bending and included a bit from their interview with Jean Couch and Jenn Sherer yesterday! If you practice bending like this, you'll save your spine and lengthen your hamstrings too!

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Save Your Spine! Interview with Jean Couch

By |2017-01-30T16:49:25-07:00May 3rd, 2013|Aging, Back Pain, Bending, Body Awareness, Breathing, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture|

This is an interview that I did recently with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book,  and the owner of the Balance Center, where I did my training in the Balance Posture Method.  Check out what Jean has to say about keeping your spine healthy so that you can look and feel your best. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DD: What do you think people today most need to know about reducing back pain? JC: The anatomical knowledge that is desperately needed in the US today is to know the difference between your waist and your hip sockets!  People have no idea that [...]

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Do you Suffer from Leg Cramps?

By |2017-01-30T16:49:26-07:00September 13th, 2011|Aging, Bending, Healthy Posture|

Lots of people ask me if I have any suggestions for leg cramps. These tend to occur in the calf, the hamstrings or the quadriceps muscles. The hamstrings are on the back of your thighs, and go from your sitz bones (what you sit on) down to your knee. Your quadriceps muscles are on the front of your thighs. Leg cramps can occur during the day, or they might wake you up at night, which can be really frustrating. Causes of Leg Cramps No one knows exactly the cause of leg cramps. Dr. Andrew Weil says they may be caused [...]

Pain-Free Gardening, Part 3

By |2017-01-30T16:49:30-07:00September 6th, 2010|Back Pain, Bending, Gardening, Healthy Posture|

I’ve been enjoying the hot weather lately (after such a cold, foggy summer!), and I was taking a walk last night down a peaceful country lane. I saw a garden at almost every house, and some of them were really abundant. I’m glad to see so many people growing their own food and contributing to a more sustainable world. A lot of people are interested in sustainability these days, but is your posture sustainable? Another way of saying this is, “Do you have a sense of comfort and ease in your body when you’re going about your day, or do [...]

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Pain-Free Gardening, Part 1

By |2017-01-30T16:49:30-07:00August 14th, 2009|Back Pain, Bending, Gardening, Healthy Posture|

This time of the year is a busy one for gardeners.  There’s a lot to do in the garden, and when the weather is nice, it’s really pleasant to be outdoors digging in the earth.  There are fragrant smells in the air from flowers, the warmth of the sun on your skin, and ripe vegetables enticing you to pick them.  There’s nothing like a warm Sungold tomato right off the vine! Unfortunately, all that activity in the garden can also lead to aches & pains.  Digging, raking, pruning and carrying can leave you with pain in lots of places: your [...]