The importance of a good posture

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Although we don’t have to walk around with a book balanced on our head, our elders were right on the importance of a good posture. Ideally, in the standing position, we would like to see a line drawn straight down from our ear over the shoulder then the hip and ankle. […]

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Fitness Goal Setting – Why Wait until January 1st?

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Many great plans are made on January first each year but these are not always successful. Fall is a great season for goal setting as we cannot yet blame delays on snow, cold weather, icy sidewalks, and the excuse list goes on! If you begin an exercise routine now, it can […]

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A ‘Back Healthy’ Day at the Beach

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT The nice weather is here and we should take advantage of the beautiful local beaches when we can. The warmth of the sand and the sound of the waves create a very relaxing atmosphere which is good for our physical and mental well-being. No beach day is complete without a walk […]

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What is the rotator cuff?

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT The rotator cuff consists of a group of four muscles that originate from the scapula (shoulder blade) and attach to the front of the shoulder. More specifically, they are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. The function of these muscles is to keep the ball of the humerus (long bone […]

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Tips for Fall Yard Work

by ​Tyler Ravlo, PT Fall in Nova Scotia may be the most beautiful time of the year. Along with its beauty, it also brings lots of yard work, whether it’s raking, fertilizing or winterizing the garden, these activities can push an already sore back or shoulder over the edge. A few simple tips can help […]

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Getting Ready for the Holidays

by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT The month of December can be hectic for many as we get busy decorating, shopping, baking, gift wrapping and socializing. Of course these are activities that we do all year long but usually not all at once. Depending on where and how you store your winter decorations, you may have to climb […]

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Raking Leaves

by ​Mike Landry, PT Autumn is a beautiful time of year, however, that beauty quickly turns to increased demands for work around the yard. Raking leaves can be a good source of exercise but is not without risk of injury to the back or arms. Here are a few tips to help you stay injury […]

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What is the “core” ?

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Over the past few years, you may have heard people talking about strengthening their “core”. The core is defined as the muscles in our body that are the closest to our center (our core), running from our pelvis up the length of our torso. The abdominal muscles are part of the […]

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Travelling Tips for People with Low Back Pain

by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Many people make plans to travel but don’t always anticipate having to do it while experiencing low back pain. There are a few things we can do to decrease the stress on our back and to make our trip more comfortable. If travelling by car, it is recommended that you make frequent […]

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Snow Shoveling Tips

by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT It’s that time of year again! The snow comes and we get our shovels out. For most of us, shoveling is mainly a winter activity. Our body isn’t used to the repetitive bending, scooping and lifting. In order to help prevent injuries, there are a few tactics that can help. 1. Before […]

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