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Posted by on Sep 16, 2013

Surfing Back Pain – Not so Manly  ©

Surfing Back Pain – Not so Manly ©

  Would you knowingly set yourself up for a wipeout? We’re not talking about doing it  for the opportunity of a great wave, nor for a cool photo opportunity… No, just setting yourself up for a painful hammering that will take you out of surfing (for at least 6 weeks) and stop you from enjoying your daily work and social activities.  You wouldn’t do it.  But this is the type of wipeout that happens to a lot of surfers… Lower back or lumbar spine injuries are surprisingly common for Manly Beach surfers. There is NOTHING cool about a dodgy back that makes you weaker than a sick kitten and keeps you out of the waves for weeks on end. Surfing back injuries are usually ‘insidious’. That means they sneak up over time due to postural imbalances, previous trauma and bad movement patterns.  All these factors lead to damage of the spinal joints and supporting muscles.  This can irritate nerves leading to further problems in the hips and lower limbs....

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014

Swimming with Dolphins at Manly ©

Swimming with Dolphins at Manly ©

    A Dolphin Visit for The Bold and Beautiful Swim Squad at Manly.   Over the last couple of days, the Bold and Beautiful Squad that I swim with has been blessed with a little visitor.  Our new friend appears to be a young female bottle nose dolphin who played with the squad on their swim from Manly to Shelly Beach and back. I have been fortunate to swim with wild dolphins before, whilst at a retreat in the Bahamas in 2013.  One of my chiropractic teachers from the U.S.A, Lou Corleto invited me along to join his patients in a Wildquest retreat on the island of Bimini.  We spent our days practicing yoga, participating in exercises and, of course, spent every afternoon on a 41 ft catamaran swimming with wild dolphins.   What can Manly learn from swimming with Dolphins?   I learned many things on the retreat. About human behaviour, healing, me and about dolphins.  The key point that I came home with was that our...

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