With Ruth and models

Walking backwards and looking forwards…


Hi everyone,

And hello November! I’m entering the final two months of the year with a smile on my face, because finally, FINALLY, I seem to be getting on top of the back problem that’s been plaguing me all year, and in a very weird way… read on!

The lower facet joints in my spine have degenerated quite badly and there’s no cartilage left there, which means I’m “bone on bone”, i.e. in pain! But after a year of physiotherapy, steroid injections into my back and “controlled exercise”, all of which helped to a certain degree, keeping me stable but not really moving forwards, my physio decided to try some new techniques, the first of which sounds very odd but OH MY GOODNESS it has worked wonders! And this magical technique is… walking backwards. Yep, walking backwards, mainly on a treadmill (I’ve rented one for at home) or just up and down a room or corridor (very carefully, and making sure I clear a space first – I nearly ended up upside down in a bin the first time I did this).

Canal walk

The theory is that this helps to “repattern” your body, using muscles we don’t normally use and doing things like shifting your pelvis alignment and opening up the facet joints which reduces pressure and therefore helps to ease lower back pain. It’s very big in China, apparently, where lots of people can be seen doing it in parks and so on! I felt a difference within a week of doing it for 20 minutes a day – the pain I had going down my leg started to ease.

After three weeks, my back felt so good I went for my first run outdoors since January – absolute bliss! I only ran two and a half miles along my beloved canal path near our home (pictured above), not wanting to overdo it, but had no ill effects. I’m certainly not totally “cured” but the difference in pain is immense. We’ve now added in some new bending and stretching exercises to my routine and I’m so optimistic… it’s very exciting to be able to get back out there running, I’ve missed it so much! I’m only going to do that once a week for now, but fingers crossed that this will keep working… and if you’re tempted to try the backwards walking thing, please check with your doctor/physio first (and be prepared for some very odd looks if you do it in public!).

In other news I’ve just seen the cover design for my new book, The Development, which comes out in May (the paperback is already available to pre-order and the Kindle and audiobook versions will follow). I’m delighted with this cover and think it looks beautiful next to the first two in my Cora Baxter Mysteries series (it’s a series of murder mysteries set in a TV newsroom). Big thanks to my publishers Accent Press and their clever designers!

Book cover

At work we had great fun launching Ruth Langsford‘s full autumn/winter fashion range. Here’s a pic of me with Ruth and our models for the evening, Ali, Katherine and Jane. I LOVE the black jacket with faux leather detail that Jane and I are wearing – definitely one of my winter wardrobe favourites.

With Ruth and models

There’s so much great fashion around at the moment, like these gorgeous over-the-knees boots by Marc Fisher (pictured below). I’m practically living in them at the moment – so lovely and comfortable!

Jacket and boots

And I’m also slightly obsessed with these pony hair studded ankle boots from Bronx. I have the black but I’m very tempted to get the leopard too…

Bronx ankle bootsBronx Pony Hair Studded Ankle Boot 168807






Hope you’re enjoying autumn and keeping well. I always love to hear from you so please leave a comment under this blog, or say hello on Twitter (@jackiekabler) or Instagram (@officialjackiekabler). Bye for now!

Love Jackie x


  1. SheMag November 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    So pleased for you, Jackie. I had neurosurgery ten years ago and have never forgotten the euphoria of realising I was pain free. Push on, not too hard, not too fast…but push on!

    • Jackie Kabler November 7, 2017 at 11:48 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag
      I’m pushing on! Not sure entirely pain free is an option but manageable, low level pain is excellent! It’ll do for now anyway!

  2. Moira Pollock November 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie very interested to read your blog. I have suffered with back pain for most of this year (sciatica)
    I’ve had intense physio for a few months & now attending an osteopath. I will definately be giving your magical technique a try…but probably indoors!
    Thanks Jackie
    Regards Moira xx

    • Jackie Kabler November 7, 2017 at 11:51 am -  Reply

      Hi Moira
      Haha, yes indoors very sensible, just clear a nice path for yourself first! And maybe check with your physio/osteopath. Obviously what works for one may not work for all but it certainly has done wonders for me, I would never have thought it! Good luck and let me know how you get on!

  3. Amanda November 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Can I just say how beautiful you all look. A range of ages and you are all rockin’ It!

    • Jackie Kabler November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

      Amanda that’s such a nice thing to say. Thank you!

  4. Susan November 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    It’s amazing how pain affects most of us! I’ve asked before but what about shoes? Are you not in pain wearing heels? Do you have any further suggestions on brands of highly supportive ones??

    • Jackie Kabler November 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      Shoes and heel height don’t seem to affect my particular problem too much, it’s more standing or sitting for long periods, so the fact that I do a lot of driving and a lot of standing still on the telly at work doesn’t help! The only shoes I’ve found that do make a difference are Vionic, which do seem to help realign everything and I have many pairs of them now. It’s an ongoing learning curve!

  5. Alexis Wilson November 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear you have a new book out next year. I read loads of detective books and read your first two books after seeing them mentioned on you blog. I really enjoyed them and can’t wait for the next one. Can’t you write them quicker !!! x

    • Jackie Kabler November 13, 2017 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Alexis,
      That’s really kind of you, thanks! Haha, I will try to be quicker next time! Hope you like The Development.

  6. Diane shaw November 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie always enjoy reading your blog glad your backs getting better take care love di x

    • Jackie Kabler November 13, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Hi Di,
      Thanks, so am I! It took blood, sweat and tears to get this far so I hope things can keep improving!

  7. Linda Warricker November 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie so looking forward to your new book The Developement thoroughly enjoyed the first two you take care and keep safe x

    • Jackie Kabler November 13, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      So glad you liked the books, it means a lot to an author to get such lovely feedback. I hope you like the third one as much! You take care too.

  8. Brigid O donnell November 11, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Well I am disappointed this morning, my Joe an steps arrived all the same flavour instead of mixed not was advertised

    • Jackie Kabler November 13, 2017 at 11:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Brigid
      I’m not quite sure I understand…are you talking about a popcorn order? The best thing to do is to give Customer Services a call and they will sort things out for you.

  9. Margaret Gaughan November 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, pleased to hear your back is improving and you’re back out running. I to wear vionics, especially when out shopping. I’m looking forward to your next book coming out. I started reading your last book just before going to bed and thought i would read a couple of chapters. I couldn’t put it down and finished it 2:30 in the morning, there was a few cups of tea drank whilst reading it. I’m just glad that i have a built in body clock that wakes me at 5:30 every morning for work. All the best.

    • Jackie Kabler November 17, 2017 at 10:38 am -  Reply

      Hi Margaret
      Yes Vionics are fab! So pleased you’ve enjoyed my books. I hope you enjoy the new one!
      Love Jackie x

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