Due to recent changes in our working environment, many of us have found ourselves leaving the office and instead spending time working from home. For those who have worked with this arrangement before, you’ll know that it’s important for employees to take the time to organize their working space. This doesn’t just mean setting up […]
COVID-19: How To Work From Home Without Back Pain
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
What is a tennis elbow?
by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, refers to inflammation of a wrist extensor tendon attaching from the outside of the elbow down to the hand. It usually presents as local elbow pain which can radiate into the forearm. The function of the muscle is to extend the wrist (movement toward […]
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 […]
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 […]
OSTEOPOROSIS – “the silent thief”
by Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT Osteoporosis is a condition where our bones become more porous and therefore less dense. This can eventually lead to fractures, commonly seen in the hip, spine, shoulder and forearm. It is often referred to as being the “silent thief” as calcium is stolen away from the bones with up to two […]
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 […]
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 […]