Do the discs in your #spine ‘slip’?.

The spinal disc acts as a strong elastic pivot for each joint segment of the #spine, providing stability and allowing a relatively wide range of motion in all directions in the lower back and neck. When a disc starts to lose its strength and pliability, however, it can cause a range of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms.

There are 24 moveable vertebrae on your #spine which are separated from one another by your discs.

Each disc consists of a soft inner part surrounded by a fibrous coating. Sometimes the coating gets torn which allows the softer material to bulge out. The pain when the softer material bulges out can be excruciating and this condition is commonly known as ‘a slipped disc‘.

However, discs are tightly attached to the vertebrae and cannot physically ‘slip’ in any way. The actual medical name for this is a ‘spinal disc herniation’.

This type of back problem can settle down after a few days and you may never have the problem again. But some people suffer from this happening on a regular basis which could result in needing an operation to fuse the discs together to stop the bugle.

Degenerative Disc Disease which can be part of the ageing process in which the discs in the #spine start to dry out, thereby losing some of their flexibility and shock absorption. As part of this process, the inner portion of the disc shrinks, providing less cushioning between the bony vertebrae in the #spine, and the outer part of the disc can suffer small tears, all of which can cause pain.



Research suggests that up to a third of women suffer from permanent problems due to wearing high heels.

High heels and ill-fitting shoes can contribute to back pain as they change the shape of the feet, which can then cause muscular, postural and gait changes caused by the increased pressure high heels put on the ball of the foot which can then place the spine out of alignment and put pressure on the back resulting in pain.

Stiletto heels cause greater pressure on the feet and can have a greater effect on the back due to the smaller surface of the heel.

If you can’t do without heels then maybe thicker heels would be more beneficial to your back.

To avoid back pain through shoes it is best not to wear high heels all the time, but to wear them occasionally and for special occasions. Wearing varying low to medium can also help.

So girls, is this the price us fashion conscious women have to pay for looking gorgeous in our high heels?



Infrared Light Therapy for pain is being called ‘The best kept secret for pain relief’.

Natural and safe, infrared therapy is recommended for the relief of muscular pain, sore muscles, arthritis, bursitis, back- ache, tennis elbow, joint pain and related pains.

All you do is aim the light to the painful area, then the deep penetrating infrared energy will be felt as a gentle warmth in the treated area. Taut muscles will then loosen up to give much needed relief.

Its 200W infrared warmth is very comfortable and penetrates deep into the skin, improving blood circulation and this begins the healing process as pain is relieved.

Philips make a 200w infrared light for £39.99 which states, ‘Philips Infracare gives effective pain relief for muscles and joints’. Another plus point of course is that there are no side effects but just like anything else you might try, speak with your GP before buying one of these units.



No more panic if your a bit claustrophobic with the upright MRI.

MRI imaging has long been used as a way to image and assess the spine for pathology, scanning patients supine. It may now be argued that scanning patients in a weight-bearing position has the potential to deliver a more precise diagnosis, thus improving patient management.

It’s an open system which enhances patient comfort for an anxiety-free examination, and has a
unique ability to scan the spine in flexion or extension.

It’s not just for the spine though as weight-bearing imaging can be of benefit in joints like hips, knees, or ankles.

Patients who cannot undertake a conventional MRI scan due to claustrophobia, large body size, or inability to lie down, also benefit from this truly open scanner.

It is also a radiation-free way to evaluate scoliosis in the standing position.

The upright scanner is available at MRI London, for more details head to their website.



Am American Chiropractor has found a unique method for back api , and is available to everyone ( if you live in Spain).

Doctor Ronald E. Conger is an American Chiropractor who according to a local newspaper in Spain, has hd great success with his treatment, ‘muscle-jointology’.

He has treated celebrities with his new treatment and has been working as a chiropractor for 20 years, however his treatment method is unique.

He is the only person to research the ‘iliopsoas’ muscle, a muscle which can cause physical pain in the back, neck, hips and knees and is the only muscle that is connected to the intervertebral discs od the lumber spine and upper leg.

He says that this muscle can be the difference between bad or good posture, pain and no pain.

Part of his treatment includes a light massage to prepare the bones and muscles for him to then stretch the muscles a couple of times. The patient can then be taught how to do the stretches themselves.

Doctor Conger’s practice is based in Torremolinos in Malaga, Spain but you can find out some more details from his
website Muscle Jointology