The Gokhale Method and Chiropractic
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by Esther Gokhale
1w ago
Q&A with Esther Gokhale and Vera Baziuk June, 2024 If you have had back pain, odds are that you have visited either a physical therapist or a chiropractor. They are the most frequented medical practitioners for all types of structural pain, and our teacher community has been enriched by both these (and many other types of) practitioners. For this post, I have invited Vera Baziuk, a chiropractor and Gokhale Method® teacher based in Edmonton, Canada, to join me for a Q&A. We would like to share with you how she sees the interface between chiropractic and our method.  Gokhale Metho ..read more
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Dentists and Neck Pain
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by Esther Gokhale
3w ago
Esther Gokhale May, 2024 Next time you are in the dentist chair, spare a thought for your dentist’s posture and the postural demands of their job. Doing dental procedures shares many challenges with other surgical procedures, such as having to maintain a steady position for long periods, maintain a clear line of vision, and hold and manipulate tools with precision. Working in the oral cavity of a conscious patient is a pretty significant challenge.  Dental professionals place many physical demands on their structure. They can be regarded as “occupational athletes.” Image from Pexels Den ..read more
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Give Your Walk the Green Light!
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by Esther Gokhale
1M ago
Esther Gokhale May, 2024 The best art often communicates on many levels. The Walking Men 99™ exhibit is a great example. It consisted of a frieze of pedestrian crossing icons, photographed and assembled from around the world. At human scale, they mingled with passersby on the sidewalk.  Walking Men Worldwide™ is a series of public art installations by artist Maya Barkai, which was launched in Lower Manhattan in 2010-2013 (Walking Men 99™), and was followed by a series of installations around the globe. www.walking-men.com From a posture perspective, signage featuring pedestrians offers ..read more
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Three Ways Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Neck
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by Esther Gokhale
1M ago
Esther Gokhale April, 2024 Yes, you read that correctly. Not only do you not need to damage your neck every time you use your cell phone, but instead, you could be improving it! Most of us use our cell phones quite frequently. If you train yourself to adopt a healthy stance every time you use your phone, you will have a built-in posture practice that repeats throughout your day.  Identifying the problem Cell phones are unfairly regarded as the inevitable cause of neck problems and slouching. It’s not that you use a phone, but how you use it, that matters. Images from Clare Chapman, Pixa ..read more
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What’s the Best Exercise to Strengthen Your Back? Part 1: Bird Dog
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by Esther Gokhale
2M ago
Esther Gokhale April, 2024 Have you been taught cobra pose or locust pose to strengthen your back? It is a common practice to try to strengthen the back with back bends, focusing on the long back extensors on either side of the spine. This approach is used by the McKenzie Method, many yoga teachers, and physical therapists. In the Gokhale Method® we prefer to strengthen the back by working with the muscles which collectively stabilize the trunk. Our focus is on maintaining a healthy J-spine baseline rather than backbending. Healthy muscle activation maintains a J-spine, protecting the spine ..read more
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Back Spasm Remedies
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by Esther Gokhale
2M ago
Esther Gokhale March, 2024 You’ve tweaked your back. It may be a stabbing pain that catches with certain movements, it may be that you cannot straighten up, or maybe it’s an electrical, nervy sensation in your buttock.   A back spasm is never welcome—but it is a signal we can act on—when we know how. Image by: Kampus Production It’s true that time is a great healer—and that most back pain resolves itself without intervention—but there are also things we can do to accelerate the healing, that can help us feel better immediately, and protect us in the longer term.  Should I take ..read more
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Women’s Empowerment Through Posture
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by Esther Gokhale
3M ago
Esther Gokhale February, 2024 As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, I would like to share a few observations regarding gender and health made over the past three decades of teaching posture.  Does gender affect back pain? Back pain and the posture distortions behind it are very democratic—people of all ages, activity levels, geographic locations, and gender are affected by cultural postural distortions. That said, some modern posture guidelines and expectations are gender-specific, and some of them affect women disproportionately. We will discuss posture guidelines for men ..read more
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How to Fix a Tight Psoas
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by Esther Gokhale
4M ago
Esther Gokhale January, 2024 When students first meet with a Gokhale Method® teacher they are sometimes surprised to learn that one of the reasons for their back pain is a tight psoas muscle. What does this little-known muscle, embedded deep within our bodies, have to do with back pain? And what do we need to do to have it recede in the background and leave our backs alone? Get to know your psoas muscle  Psoas major (pronounced so-as) is a deep-lying muscle with a downwards trajectory through the abdomen. There can be some individual variation, but it usually originates from T12-L4, and ..read more
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The Gokhale Method Around the World: Canberra, Australia, with Tegan Kahn
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by Tegan Kahn
5M ago
Tegan Kahn January, 2024 Since the pandemic we are delighted to have resumed teacher training and welcomed 12 new teachers to the Gokhale Method community in Europe and the U.S. We are also steadily growing our roots in the Southern Hemisphere. Below, Australia-based Teacher Tegan Kahn shares the story of how and why she decided to train. One New Year’s Day many years ago, I made a resolution to “have better posture.” This was back before I had kids; when I had time and energy to devote to grand plans! But, like most New Year’s Resolutions, it fizzled out pretty quickly. For several days, I r ..read more
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Make 2024 Your Year to Say Goodbye to Back Pain
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by Esther Gokhale
5M ago
Esther Gokhale January, 2024 It’s early January. New Year’s resolutions have swung into action, and many of them involve improving our health. With the impetus of a fresh start, we throw ourselves into ditching poor habits and cultivating better ones. It’s no surprise that January sees the highest gym sign-ups and enrollments for dietary regimens! Other resolutions include getting more sleep, meditating, or learning a new skill—self-care for the mind as well as the body.    Most of us will have made a New Year’s resolution in at least one of these areas.  Posture—a missing pill ..read more
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