Top 5 Tips For Selecting an Office Chair

Adapted from the OCA's Your Back Health June 11, 2013 article.   If you have to be inside while the weather is so nice this summer, make sure you have the best ergonomic office chair you can!  Getting a chair that fits your unique needs should be the top priority. Not every chair labeled “ergonomic” has all the adjustment features necessary to truly be ergonomic. The top 5 things you need to consider when selecting an office chair are listed below:...

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Loosening Your Joints

"Don't my joints get really loose if I see you a lot?" "I don't want to become hypermobile,  so I don't want to see a chiropractor" These are some worries with ongoing,  preventative chiropractic care.   However, the purpose of chiropractic is to restore the neuro-musculoskeletal balance in the body,  and to allow the body to best function, adapt, and heal on it's own.  It's purpose is to increase your physical resiliency,  so you are best able to do the things...

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Myths about Back Strength

This is a great video featuring the University of Waterloo kinesiology professor, Dr. Stuart McGill.  Dr. McGill is one of the world's foremost experts on spine biomechanics. Here, he discusses several pervasive myths about back injury, exercise, proper lifting, and strengthening the core. Plenty of exercise and movement demonstrations teach you better ways to keep your back healthy for a lifetime!    

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Plant and Rake without the Ache

Every spring and fall, many individuals take part in raking, lifting, digging, kneeling, and planting activities that lead to aches and pains. Improper gardening techniques can cause repetitive strain injuries that lead to degenerative joint and disc problems, cause sprain and strain injuries to muscles throughout the body, and wear and tear to joints and muscles. To help you enjoy your gardening season, keep these tips in mind. Stretch out before you head out Take the time to prepare your...

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Biking Tips for Neck & Back Health

The weather is warming up, the sun is here a little more often, and people are starting to take out their bikes for daily commuting and for weekend fun.  However, biking after a long break may cause many people to start developing pain in their neck, back, and hands. In many of these cases, poor bike ergonomics plays a huge role. Like any other sports equipment, a proper fit is essential to ensuring a positive, pain-free experience. Many bike shops,...

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Back Pain: Myths and Facts

It is easy to confuse myths and facts when it comes to back pain. Back pain is one of the most common health complaints today, with 80 percent of people experiencing problems at some point in their lives. Knowing what to do when you have back pain is important. A sedentary lifestyle, as well as injuries, arthritic changes and aging can all lead to problems. What to do when you have back pain? Know the facts, not the myths, have...

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Youth Sports & Low back pain as Adults

Physical activity is essential to growing bodies. It helps develop muscle strength, coordination, balance, and helps prevent chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It also helps develop a lifelong habit of physical activity. It is generally recommended that all people, including kids and youth are active for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. But how much is too much? What are the effects of "too much"? (more…)

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