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Tips for buying a mattress (and sleeping well) - CCA

Tips for buying a mattress (and sleeping well)

Author: CCA Staff Team Date: Apr 4, 2018 Category: Blog Tags:

Consider the importance and value of a good night’s sleep (beyond the price tag) when you are looking for a new mattress. Your back will thank you! Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on your quality of life, social interactions, and even your mood1. Sleep deprivation can also cause a decrease in your

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3 ways strengthening your core can help your back - CCA

3 ways strengthening your core can help your back

It’s just a simple thing…until it isn’t. Strengthening your core plays a much more important role than just getting that six-pack. Approximately 85% of Canadians can expect to experience low back pain at some point in their life.1 A large part of this is due to weak core muscles.2 Did you know that the “core” is

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5 stretches and exercises for better posture - CCA

5 stretches and exercises for better posture

How many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen with your head tilted forward? Think about it. Chances are if you own a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, you’ve spent hours viewing these devices. Other instances where you might tilt your head forward include watching television, driving and even reading

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An overview of musculoskeletal conditions - CCA

An overview of musculoskeletal conditions

Author: CCA Staff Team Date: Mar 14, 2018 Category: Blog Tags:

Musculoskeletal health is an important part of your daily life. That’s why educating Canadians on the benefits of a healthy musculoskeletal system is an important priority for the CCA. As we have discussed in previous blogs, there are many ways to help prevent musculoskeletal conditions, and the more you know, the more you can do

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Inflammation 101 - CCA

Inflammation 101

What is inflammation? Inflammation is a natural process that your body activates to respond to foreign substances. This process is in place to protect our bodies from threats such as toxins, viruses, and bacteria. It’s the reason why you might experience swelling or bruising after an injury. Sometimes inflammation persists despite the absence of foreign

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What are trigger points? Here are 5 things that might help - CCA

What are trigger points? Here are 5 things that might help

A trigger point can be described as a spot or point in a muscle that refers a sensation, be it pain or weakness, to another area of the body. For example, a trigger point in your upper trap muscle may cause a referral pattern into the side of the head, behind the ear (see Figure

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What is pain? 5 ways you can manage your pain

Spine, muscle and nervous system pain has many causes including physical trauma, poor posture, repetitive motion, overuse, and wear and tear. The pain may be so severe it keeps you from falling asleep, leaving you fatigued and unable to focus on simple tasks. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce spine, muscle and nervous system

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What is pain? 4 different types of pain you should know about - CCA

What is pain? 4 different types of pain you should know about

Spine, muscle, and nervous system conditions are the most common cause of long-term pain and physical disability.1 Approximately 80% of adults will experience spine, muscle, and nervous system pain at some point in their lifetime. These types of pain are generally caused by repetitive strain, overuse, and physical activity-related injuries.2 Low back pain is the

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What is pain? Here are 3 things you need to know - CCA

What is pain? Here are 3 things you need to know

Everybody experiences pain, but what exactly is pain and how do we measure it? Developing a common scale to identify levels of pain is difficult considering that everyone has a slightly different physical response to pain stimuli. Scientists define pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”1 However,

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