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Which is the best treatment for pain relief?

An Overview of Exercise and Other Treatment Approaches for Musculoskeletal Pain. When dealing with a problem like low back, shoulder, knee, or neck pain, there are many options for treatment. While there is a lot of research on treatments for these types of pain, there are a lot of different opinions about what is the[…]

Which provides relief for lower back pain, yoga or physiotherapy?

Earlier this year, The American College of Physicians and Surgeons published a new guideline advising its members, and the public on non-invasive treatments for lower back pain in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Qaseem et al., 2017). One of their recommendations was that excise be included as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. One[…]

How To Get The Most From Your Core Workout In The Shortest Time

Discover Our 6-Minute Core Workout If you have ever had a conversation about exercise, you have likely talked about the core. There is often debate about what makes the core, or what it does. Leaving some debates about function and semantics aside, the core is important for moving well and feeling good, especially for people[…]

How are your hamstring?

Muscles of the Posterior Thigh, Their Implication on Injuries, and How to Care for Them. I could not count the number of times a patient has said to me, “I have a bad back because my hamstrings are tight”. While back pain can often be present with some pain at the back of one or[…]

I have Low Back Pain. Should I Avoid the Deadlift?

Prevention of lower back pain should be a goal for everyone, especially people who are very active. As the popularity of weight-lifting increases, gym-based exercise programs like Crossfit, powerlifting, and Olympic lifting (which all seem to be quite popular in the Ottawa region) are encouraging more and more people to perform the deadlift. There are[…]

5 things to know about runner’s knee

In the last few weeks, I have started running more regularly along the Rideau Canal. After living in Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, and the interior of British Columbia, I can say I have experienced many different flavours of Canada’s urban running trails. I would say that the only location that may rival the Rideau Canal[…]

Can running damage my joints?

A Review of Recent Scientific Journal Articles “April showers bring May flowers”, that is what they say. The month of May also brings the unofficial beginning of the running season in Ottawa. While this city has plenty of hardcore runners who brave the winter, as the weather gets nicer, a daily run along the Ottawa River[…]

For How Long Should I Hold A Plank?

A Look at Exercise Duration in Low Back Pain Don’t get confused. When we talk about planking we’re not talking about the crazy fad of 2009, but rather the core exercises that consist of holding specific positions for a given time. Moving on, the argument for exercise is strong. While not everyone exercises, most people[…]

5 things to consider before you exercise with an injury

I am often asked, “Should I exercise or should I take a break while I recover from this injury?” The best way to begin an answer to this questions is to say it depends. For most people, I can understand how this may be unsatisfying. So I wanted to write about how I make this[…]

Common causes of Lower Back Pain : Sitting and … Physical Activity?

Finding the right amount of activity for you is key Increasing our levels of physical activity has become a focus for some of Canada’s leading health agencies and experts. Recent guidelines have recommended that we perform at least 150 minutes of exercise per week at a moderate to vigorous intensity. These same guidelines recommend that we[…]

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