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An Ode to the Rideau Canal: Canada’s Best Setting for Urban Running

Since moving to Ottawa, I have fallen in love with running on the Rideau Canal. 09/13/2017 By Dr Ben Matheson, D.C   Canada is a big and beautiful country. We are also blessed with beautiful cities that have wonderful places to go running. Vancouver has the Stanley Park Sea Wall path (amongst many others), Calgary,[…]

Which is the best treatment for pain relief?

Exercise is Among the Best Treatment Options for Pain Relief 07/04/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C     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[…]

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

Yoga or Physiotherapy? 06/27/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C     Five Points to Take-Away from a Recent Study   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 low back pain in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Qaseem et[…]

6-Minute Core Workout

How to Get the Most from Your Core Workout in the Shortest Time 06/14/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C       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[…]

How are your hamstring?

Muscles of the Posterior Thigh, Their Implication on Injuries, and How to Care for Them. 06/08/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C   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[…]

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

For many who are in the business of treating or preventing low back pain, the deadlift can become quite controversial. 05/19/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C     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[…]

5 things to know about runner’s knee

Read on before you begin your summer training program 05/08/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C     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[…]

Can running damange my joints?

A Review of Recent Scientific Journal Articles 04/24/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C   “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,[…]

For How Long Should I Hold A Plank?

A Look at Exercise Duration in Low Back Pain 03/21/2017 By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C     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[…]

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?” By Dr. Ben Matheson, D.C b_math   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[…]