The Backpack Guide

The Backpack Guide: What to look for and how to wear them! Back to school season is upon us, and you might be in the search for a new backpack for yourself or for your children. We would like to share this Backpack Guide to help you make better choices for backpacks to help keep your spine and joints healthy and pain-free. Backpack Guide: Backpacks are great if used correctly Backpacks are a practical way for students to carry books and supplies.  They are designed to redistribute load through some of the bigger and stronger muscles of the body. But, more [...]

Exercises to Help With Your Back Pain: The McGill BIG 3!

Exercises to Help With Your Back Pain: The McGill BIG 3!  Did you know that athletes still get back pain? A strong muscular back does not mean you no longer get back pain. Often training for performance can lead to an overload on your tissues, which can lead to a risk of injury. There are some key, evidence-based exercises to help with your back pain.  This is why it is important to train for back health. Whether you spend time in the gym or not. It has been shown that muscular endurance is far more important than muscular strength when preventing [...]

Office Ergonomics: A Summary of Design Considerations

I am often asked how to properly set up an office space so that it is ergonomically better. Here is a list of things to consider when setting up your office space to make the office ergonomics better. Computer workstations: The monitor & keyboard positions, lighting and seating are especially important in preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders & eye discomfort. These aspects should be taken into consideration to prevent discomfort &/or injury. - Neutral posture at the keyboard & mouse-arms comfortably at the sides, elbows approximately at 90 degrees, forearms parallel to floor, knees slightly below hips & wrists straight - Chairs [...]

How to Reduce Pain at Work

Most people spend their workday sitting at their desk all day. Unfortunately, this sedentary lifestyle is not good for the back. This is why a whopping 85% of working Canadians can expect some form of back pain during their lifetime. Even worse, once the pain starts, it can make it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. The good news is that by learning to listen to your body and by paying attention to you your posture, you can easily prevent back pain, and many more serious elements, from developing down the line. Here are five smart ways to maintain [...]

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your Back

Many underestimate how essential back muscles are for basic everyday movement. As part of the core of the body’s muscular system, your back muscles are literally involved in every move that you make. They help bear the stress of standing and walking upright, as well as turning, bending, and twisting your body. Back muscles are also key players when it comes to protecting the spine. This means that maintaining a strong and healthy back is essential in preventing serious injury. If you suffer from back pain, there’s a good chance that your back muscles are imbalanced. Strengthening your muscles will help to [...]

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