We all know that good posture can not only improve your posture, but improve your overall appearance. We know too that standing up tall, with our tummies in, head held high and shoulders back makes you feel much better and look fantastic - taller, slimmer and generally poised - and can minimise back and neck pain.
Ideally, we'd all have the strength and discipline(!) to maintain our own posture, but finally, help is at hand. M&S and the British Chiropractic Association have joined forces and come up with the 'Perfect Poise' TM range of lingerie, a 3 piece range cleverly designed to support and improve your posture.
“The Perfect Poise TM range of bras, knickers and shapewear has been specifically designed to increase the wearer's awareness of correct posture by supporting them in key areas. The bra and body incorporate a patent pending supportive back panel and seam-free cups for a smooth silhouette.” Paschal Little, Head of Innovation, M&S Lingerie.
The bra and body use hidden back panels to encourage the wearer to keep their shoulders back and the high waisted knickers have an in-built lower back panel which encourages body alignment. They also slim and smooth the tummy to give a more flattened appearance!
Independent trials by M&S showed that 87% of the women who tried the undies felt that the products supported their back and the national press have followed the story - although recent reviews do say that they need to increase the cup-size range (currently 34B - 40E, sizes 8 - 22) to accommodate everyone.
‘"Perfect Poise TM lingerie has been designed with the modern woman in mind. Our contemporary aesthetic combines graphic sheer and opaque panels to create sculpted, sleek pieces which are discreet under clothing.’’ Soozie Jenkinson, Head of Lingerie Design, M&S.
I'm tempted to try them myself but regrettably require something a little smaller(!), but would love feedback from anyone who's tried them...
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently published new guidelines on the management of headaches. This will be welcome news to the 10 million people who frequently suffer from headaches in the UK.
Clinical Guideline 150 “Headaches – Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults” received input from both the British Chiropractic Association and the Anglo European College of Chiropractic to provide up-to-date, evidence-based advice on the diagnosis and management of tension headaches, migraine, cluster headaches and medication over-use headaches in children and adults.
Whilst there is no specific recommendation for manual therapy for the management of primary headaches, in several studies the clinical trials suggest that manual therapy is at least as good as conventional care for headaches. More recent trials, not yet considered by NICE, show more favourable outcomes (1) (2).
However, the guidelines also highlight the fact that taking medications, like painkillers, particularly for a prolonged period of time can actually worsen the symptoms, rather than alleviate them. It was reported that up to 1 in 50 people experience headaches that result from taking medication frequently. In light of these findings, it may be that manual therapy is a suitable low risk intervention that may offer relief to those who do not wish to take medication.
There is a need for a lot more research into the management of this often debilitating condition. In particular, further investigation in needed in the class of cervicogenic headaches, responsible for 1 in 6 cases of headache, which has not been included in this NICE guideline.
(1). Effectiveness of manual therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a pragmatic, randomised, clinical trial. Castien RF, van der Windt DA, Grooten A, Dekker J. Cephalalgia. 2011 Jan;31(2):133-43.
(2) Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M & Vavrek D. The Spine Journal 2010; 10:117-128.
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