Squatting 101

Humans have been squatting for 2.5 million years. We used to squat when eating, cooking, socialising and defecating. In many parts of the world this is still the way people rest and conserve energy whilst leaving two hands free to perform daily tasks. It’s no coincidence that in these under-developed parts of the world, where people squat instead of sitting in chairs, they have better posture, fewer musculoskeletal problems and hip...

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How low can you go (a chiropractor’s perspective)?

Two months ago my wife, Lydia, started a high intensity interval training programme (HIIT) in Woking and has been squatting vigorously to strengthen her hips, legs and core. One day she came to me with pain and pins and needles in her foot. On examination she had a lower back disc protrusion. As her partner and chiropractor I was shocked to see the poor technique she was copying as she dropped down into the squat position. Why? Because if...

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Why so many kids can’t sit still today

Interested article in the Washington Post about why there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. The author, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, says it because our children are sitting for too long in class…...

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Top tips for Christmas

Happy Christmas to all my patients in Woking! We’ve had a great year at Mark Walles Chiropractic and have learnt a lot about health, life and the human body from you all. Thank you very much. To keep healthy during the festive period here are my top three tips: 1. Walk. Most of us are taking some time off work this week and it’s a great opportunity to provide our spines with a little light relief from the relentless compression of the daily...

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Eat beetroot to beat the winter blues!

Dr Mark Walles, a chiropractor based in Woking discusses…. It was so revered by the ancients that it was offered to the Greek god Apollo, and it was claimed that Aphrodite ate it to retain her beauty! In the 17th century the renowned British herbalist prescribed it for its blood cleansing and nourishing qualities. Beetroot has been used by Europeans for thousands of years to help alleviate various health conditions including: • High cholesterol...

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A Woking chiropractor asks… What motivates you? The carrot of health? Or the stick of pain?

Are you scratching your head wondering how this might be relevant to you? Unless you are a chiropractor, or you already have a regular check up with a chiropractor, I suspect you might be… Pain is a powerful motivator. Humans are hardwired to be motivated by pain. Physical, emotional or mental (they tend to come together!). Pain is what drives us to make positive changes in our lives, the outcome of which can be an improvement in health....

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