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Why does stress affect health?

Why does stress affect health?

Fit to Farm: To know that, we have to understand what it does to how we function

In my clinic, stress is one of many reasons clients complain of ongoing pain, tension and physical issues. I often get asked: “Can stress actually cause this much disease?” To answer that, we first have to understand stress and its effect on human function. Stress can be anything from exercise, change in routine, illness, caretaking, […] Read more

Stages of healing after an injury

Stages of healing after an injury

Fit to Farm: There are usually clear phases to indicate what is needed, but when that will happen can’t always be predicted

Healing is not a linear process. It does often have some clear phases and stages that can indicate what is needed when, however, the arrival of these stages isn’t always predictable. In healing work I often see one of two presentations: an acute onset of a complaint or a long-term issue held in the body. […] Read more


When we approach compensations from a place of understanding the value they’ve held at some point in relation to our survival, they begin to make a lot of sense.

The truth behind physical compensations

Fit to Farm: How people move and hold themselves can reveal much of their life history

Even compensations and imbalances have a time and place — just like crutches have a place after breaking a leg. Though often when compensations begin to cause issues like pain, performance barriers and tension, they’ve reached the end of their purpose. Our body’s job is to keep us functioning and stable (a.k.a. safe) in an […] Read more

Our “usual” has been rudely interrupted, our connections kept at a distance and change forced upon many of us.

Stress management for uncertain times

Fit to Farm: During these pandemic times many have experienced stress-related symptoms

Big or small, we’ve all made sacrifices for the collective goal over the past months, and safe to say, experienced some level of stress-related symptom in our physical and emotional bodies. Common signs of stress, uncertainty, and overwhelm manifesting in the body include: Headaches, Fatigue, Malaise, Muscular tension, Stiff joints, Restlessness, Anxiety/depression, Transient moods, Bickering, […] Read more


Sciatica, like a majority of other pain conditions, can be resolved. It will take time and effort, but it is possible.

Have you been diagnosed with sciatica?

Fit to Farm: If you have been dealing with lower back pain there’s a good chance that you have been

Sciatic is the name of the nerve that is supposedly causing the symptoms. The traditional description of what causes sciatica symptoms is that surrounding muscle groups tighten and impinge on the sciatic nerve as it exits through the pelvis and carries on down the leg. Some of the underlying roots as to why sciatic irritation […] Read more

Often the fear and apprehension that arrive from seeing a big scary thing on an imaging report actually cause more tension and alarm in our systems, in turn, exacerbating symptoms.

Imaging and ‘big scary things’

Fit to Farm: The things most often seen through imaging of the spine are not always the cause of symptoms

Regardless of how back pain started, many sufferers go on to be referred for medical imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. As a practising rehabilitation specialist I see imaging as both a blessing and curse, in the majority of cases I see. Research has shown that the big scary things we so often […] Read more


Some things to know about stretching

Some things to know about stretching

Fit to Farm: Newer research suggests this may not have as much benefit as once thought

Static stretching — or long holds of a position — is a thing of the past when it comes to correcting tight muscles. Over the last number of years research has suggested that static stretching doesn’t actually have as much long-term benefit as once thought. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, or harmful, but it is […] Read more

Is running good for you?

Is running good for you?

Fit to Farm: Yes it can be but there are some things you need to know

A fitness rumour that is often heard is, “running isn’t good for you.” Is it true? The short answer is — no — running is not bad for you. However, using running as your only form of cross-training does have the potential for harm. Running without a planned-out strategy will likely end in burnout and […] Read more


If you are in pain and negatively stressed, you’re more likely to experience burnout, injuries, illnesses.

Don’t just push through pain

Fit to Farm: Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is not right

Farmers have a culture of pushing through pain. What many fail to realize is that pain is generally not a beneficial thing to push through in terms of longevity in our health and performance. If we are in pain and negatively stressed, we’re more likely to experience burnout, injuries, illnesses, and lower adherence to exercise […] Read more

The T-Twist.

Exercises to help prevent shoulder tension

Pain between the shoulder blades is a common complaint from farmers


Farmers often come to me complaining of pain and fatigue between the shoulder blades. This is an especially important area for humans as the shoulders are the core of our arms, in a sense. It’s not surprising that they are a common area of complaint, just as the low back is a common area of complaint when our […] Read more