Posture

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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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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Time for Exercise

Finding the Time for Exercise

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT As we all know, exercise is very important to our physical and mental well-being. When it is not already part of our daily routine, getting started can be challenging. It is easy to find excuses why we don’t have the time for anything extra in our day, especially with the realities […]

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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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Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

by Jennifer Smith, MT Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. The benefits are numerous but the most common reason people seek massage therapy is muscle pain and tension. Other benefits include increasing joint range of motion, improving circulation, reducing pain and decreasing stress. Massage therapy […]

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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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Shovel

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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