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I’m sure you’ve heard by now that sitting is the new smoking. Many people spend WAAAYYYY too much time each and every day sitting– commuting to work, eating all of your meals, sitting at your desk, and all entertainment (reading, watching TV, dining out, going to a movie or theatre) — yep… all sitting. Do you ever think about HOW you’re sitting?  Odds are, you tend to slouch in your chair after you’ve been there for awhile. This slumping position keeps...

So it has been said that motion is lotion, and nowhere is it more important than your spine! Whether it’s shifting your sitting position or standing up to grab something or going for a little walk—make sure you keep your body moving. Every little bit counts. Why? Almost all of your bones—including your spine-- have a layer of cartilage at their ends that acts as a cushion and help spread the pressure you put through your joints with everyday movements. Surrounding...

In a previous blog, I was mentioning the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and outlined what a “directional preference” is: the assessor is trying to determine if the person with back pain has one direction of movement that they can do repeatedly that will consistently decrease their pain or increase their movement. There is a huge and growing area of research dedicated to the McKenzie system, and I want to outline perhaps my favourite study of back pain...

Most back problems are not really muscular.  It sounds weird to say, but so many people's pain actually starts for no obvious reason, without any trauma. They might wake up with pain, or it might just start in their back after they've been sitting for awhile.  It is really common to hear that back pain starts when someone stands up again after bending forward to pick something up. In life, we all spend WAY too much time bending forward. That forward...

Physiotherapists often use a method of assessing and treatment called the McKenzie Method for people who have back pain and physical limitations-- I highly recommend you check out information from their website here. In a nutshell, The McKenzie Institute International began several decades ago with Robin McKenzie, a Physiotherapist in New Zealand who developed a new way of assessment and treatment in the 1950s and advanced this thinking over the next several decades. It focuses on a thorough examination of...