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Seven reasons to stay active

Monday, June 29, 2020

For many of us, reducing the spread of COVID-19 has meant long periods of isolation at home. This pandemic has disrupted our routines, shoving exercise to the bottom of our to-do lists. But chiropractors know that keeping your body moving is important. As spine, muscle, and nervous system experts, they have shared a few important reasons for you to stay active: 1) It helps relieve low back pain All the sitting around during the pandemic hasn’t helped your back pain. Exercise, especially core strengthening, has been shown to be very effective in improving the function of your back.1 2) It improves bone health Current evidence shows that exercise can increase bone density and decrease the risk of falls and fractures in the elderly.1 Studies have also shown that exercise is comparable to medication in improving the day to day functioning of people with osteoarthritis. 3) It helps prevent obesity Obesity is often linked to many life-threatening illnesses (e.g., diabetes or high blood pressure). There is strong evidence that exercise is important for preventing weight gain as well as keeping your weight stable after you’ve shed some pounds.1 4) It helps improve your mental health Social isolation during this pandemic has made people feel anxious and…

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Four exercises to avoid if you have back pain – and what to do instead

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Physical activity is a great way to prevent and treat back pain – but did you know that some exercises can do more harm than good? To avoid putting too much strain on the joints, ligaments, and muscles in your back, here is a list of exercises to avoid, as well as some alternatives. Talk

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Helping improve chronic pain management for Canadians

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

An estimated six million Canadians suffer from chronic pain, which is why the Canadian government established the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) in 2019 with a three-year mandate to assess how chronic pain is addressed, conduct national consultations, and disseminate information related to best practices for chronic pain management and prevention. A key CPTF focus

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Announcing the 2020 CCA Award winners

Monday, May 25, 2020

This is a preview of the Spring 2020 issue of BACK Matters – a CCA member exclusive. Every two years, the CCA honours those whose exceptional talent and service have advanced the profession. Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Dr. Judy Forrester, Chair of the CCA Awards committee and her committee volunteers. As well, a special

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