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SITTING DOWN ON THE JOB

Does your job find you sitting most of the day? While sitting can seem restful, keep in mind that staying in any one position for long periods of time can cause strain and injury to your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Sustained sitting can take a toll on your neck and lower back – steady […]

YOUR WHOLE WORLD IS ON YOUR SHOULDERS

A study in the Journal of Orthopaedics reported that 50-90% of pregnant women will likely experience lower back pain. This pain may persist after giving birth if you don’t take action. Keep your back healthy at home Here are some ways to reduce the risk of back and neck pain: Lighten your load Choose a diaper bag that distributes weight evenly across your […]

SUMMER FIT TIPS

In summer our thoughts turn to Canada’s great outdoors, and pursuits such as golfing, running or gardening. Being active can help you maintain a healthy weight, flexibility and good posture, build strong bones, and relieve stress. Recreational activities are a great way to enjoy these benefits while having fun. Whether you pick up a garden […]

HOW TO LIFT YOUR LUGGAGE

In the flurry of packing for a vacation or business trip, it’s easy to get carried away and pack every­thing but the kitchen sink into your suitcase and carry-on. But over-packed luggage and improper lifting and carrying techniques are common causes of injury to the back, neck and shoulders. The good news is many of […]

UNDERSTANDING WHIPLASH

People injured in a motor vehicle accident sometimes experience a strain of their neck muscles and the surrounding soft tissue, commonly referred to as whiplash. Anyone who has had such an injury knows neck muscles can be very tender, and neck movement can be quite limited. The injury occurs most often when a vehicle is […]

HOW TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHILE WEIGHT LIFTING

If hitting the gym is on your to-do list this year, then you may be ready for some heavy lifting. You may already know to bend your knees to lift with ease, but you also need to keep your back straight! Studies show that the most common injuries among weightlifters are to the spine, shoulders and knees. A neutral spine — with 3 natural curves in your neck, upper back and […]

KICK UP YOUR HEELS!

Not only can those brand new high-heeled shoes cause pain in your feet, they can cause low back pain as well. In fact, poor footwear can cause difficulties in the feet, knees, hips, low back and all the way up the spine. Generally, the best shoes for your body are relatively flat and provide adequate […]

FIVE MORE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT BACK PAIN

Most people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Because it’s so common, you may have heard many theories about what causes low back pain and how to fix it. But do you have the right facts? Here are some common myths you may have heard: Myth #1: This pain is so […]

5 WAYS TO STAY PAIN-FREE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

‘Tis the season for eating great food, spending quality time with loved ones and sharing cherished traditions. Unfortunately, all of the hustle and bustle can also bring an unwelcome gift—back pain. Holiday activities such as shopping, wrapping gifts and skating can cause your muscles to work in ways they’re not accustomed to, resulting in neck, […]

5 WAYS TO AVOID BACKACHE WHILE WITH YOUR NEWBORN

You were up all night. The baby is crying. The telephone is ringing and the kettle is boiling. For most parents, this is a daily scenario. Parents are also continually faced with strenuous physical demands such as lifting, feeding, comforting and chasing after children. Consider the fact that parents may be lifting a 7-10 pound […]