4 Ways to Fight Off the Winter Blues

The arrival of autumn is marked by light periods that are shorter and of lower intensity (100,000 lux in the summer compared to 2,000 lux in the winter). This lack of natural light at this  time of year affects many people, who say they feel more tired, less motivated and even more irritable. Light plays an important role in regulating our internal biological clock. Our body has specific cycles which, when unbalanced, affect the secretion of hormones and have an impact on our moods, among other things.

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10 Tricks to Avoid Gaining Weight this Holiday Season

Are you already anticipating the impact of lavish holiday meals on your figure? Don’t panic! Here are 10 tips to help you celebrate without feeling guilty.

1. Adopt a balanced diet right now
By paying more attention to what you eat today, you will find it easier and more natural to handle the large meals of the holiday season.

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How Does Sugar Affect our Health

Sugar can occur naturally in foods or be added. Sugar is a carbohydrate that provides energy (extra calories) to the body; it has no other nutritional benefits. Added sugars are those added to foods and drinks and include glucose, fructose, sucrose, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses, etc. 

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The Right Backpack: An Essential Tool for School

Did you know that a backpack that is badly adjusted, improperly used or too heavy can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain to the wearer? Elementary school students’ backpacks can weigh up to 10 lbs, while high school students carry loads of up to 20 lbs. A backpack should be of a bearable weight that should not exceed 10% of one’s body weight, or 5% when dealing with children 9 years old or younger.

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5 Foolproof Tips to Survive the Holidays

Even though we don’t have snow yet, shopping malls are much busier than usual and Christmas music is omnipresent, reminding us that the Holiday Season has arrived. However, the holidays can also be synonymous with excess and a surprise on the scale comes January 2nd. While this time of year should, in theory, be a time of rejoicing, it can be a real nightmare for some people.

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Stroke Prevention - Every Second Matters

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada, killing about 16,000 people each year, and a leading cause of long-term disability for adults.

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Fitness After 50 with Physiotherapy

As we go through different stages in life, from childhood, adolescence and adulthood into our senior years, it becomes even more important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. As they say, prevention is always better than cure.

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Is My Pillow Right for Me?

This might seem like a simple question, but in most cases, the answer is “no”! A pillow should be neither too thick nor too thin and must allow your spine to be properly aligned, whether you sleep on your back or your side. 

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5 Risks Related to Diets

Let it be said, September is synonymous with back to school. However, for many people, this month is also the time to assess the “damages” of summer on their bodies. Many people realize they have gained a few pounds and are desperately seeking a way to get rid of them. Miracle diets, slimming creams, pills, protein shakes ‒ and so on ‒ will be used to quickly shed the weight accumulated during the summer. 

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Tips to stay in shape this summer

Days are getting sunnier, terraces are taking over sidewalks and there are more and more people at the local ice cream parlour… without a doubt, summer’s here! This favourite time of year for many Quebecers is also a season during which we indulge in several things. On the menu: alcoholic drinks, bistro food, slowly giving up workouts and so on.

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Finding your Rhythm

For about 10 years, I’ve been coaching people who decided to make the shift to a healthy lifestyle. Whenever the time came to discuss goals, I’ve seen and heard just about everything. Men and women who were morbidly obese were planning to run a half-marathon after only six weeks of working out. I also had clients who wanted to start training as if they were a bottomless well of energy, only to end up petering out.

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The Role of Physiotherapy in Women's Health

Ever since the #1 New York Times bestseller entitled "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" by John Gray was published, more and more people have asked the question "What makes men and women so different?" Gray's use of analogies and metaphors to highlight key differences between genders has made the book a modern classic.

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Sport-Induced Physiological Changes

Carl is 29 years old. Until now, we can say his lifestyle has been more or less active. In his case, watching hockey on TV and walking five minutes to the bus stop was the closest he got to practicing a sport. However, in recent months, his life literally changed.

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The right shoe for your child

When should children wear their shoes? What shoes should they wear? When is it times for them to get new ones?

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Training Goals

Have you ever taken the time to observe a robot? This machine is often finely tuned and does everything it’s asked. In terms of emotions, it's quite simple, the robots simply have none. They do not experience ups and downs as we, humans, do. We must admit that for us, it's a little different. When our body makes us realize that we’re no longer as fit as we used to be, our emotions can quickly take over.

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Urine Leaks While Exercising

Are you a woman who runs away from trampolines or who has abandoned doing the sports you love because of urine leaks? It doesn't matter whether this is your first baby or your third, or whether you are 20 or 90 years old, it is not "normal" to lose urine while running or doing Zumba. Several interventions can help.

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Walk the Walk - with Devices

For most individuals, the probability that an assistive device – such as a cane, a walker or crutches – may be needed seems very unlikely. Walking, and basic movements like getting out of bed, in and out of a car and climbing up the stairs are some of things we take for granted. As one gets older, muscles and joints tend to degenerate, resulting in aches and pains.

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Preventing Back Pain: Tips for New Moms

Complaints of back pain by pregnant women are common. Usually, the pain diminishes within two weeks after delivery. But back pain may return as you begin lifting and carrying the infant on a daily basis. As the infant grows, the weight load increases and back pain can result.

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How to Rake Leaves Without Hurting Yourself!

Raking and collecting leaves is good physical exercise which helps to reinforce muscles, improve posture and reduce the risks of certain pathologies such as osteoporosis. Although pleasant for some, raking leaves is vigorous activity which causes many injuries treated in our clinic. Raking involves repetitive movements and tireless work combining bending, reaching, twisting and carrying over a long period of time. To prevent this activity from becoming a burden, injuries and overworking the muscles, here are some tips you should follow.

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Jet Lag

Jet lag is a condition affecting people who travel to destinations located several time zones away from their point of departure. Typically, one would need to cross at least three time zones to feel the effects of jet lag, which results in a disturbance of the circadian rhythms. The person becomes “disoriented”.

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My Child Has Growing Pains. Is This Normal?

Children develop at different rates. Some will have strong growth spurts and others grow slowly over a long period of time. While some pain felt by your child can result from sports activities, other pain may be associated with growth.

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Fall Prevention 101

As we get older, the chances of suffering from a fall increase. The severity of a fall can range widely. Some falls can cause minor disability, while others can have more serious consequences. Chances are that someone you know may be at risk for a fall.

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Tips to Prevent Snow Shoveling and Snow Blowing Injuries

Cleaning up mounds of snow can cause more pain than just a headache. While this seasonal activity may seem mundane, it can also be dangerous. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), in 2005 there were 27,168 injuries related to the use of snow shovels, snow blowers, snow throwers, and ice removal tools.

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Action Sport Physio Treats Headaches

Did you know that your neck maybe the cause of your headaches? When talking about headaches, you have to pay particular attention to your neck, as this area is in strong demand during all your daily activities. Your lower neck may have problems caused by postural abnormalities, osteoarthritis, falls, car accidents, etc.

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Exercise - Your Greatest Gift

The average person gains 5 or more pounds during the holiday season, which makes it important to follow a structured exercise program as quickly as possible during or after the holidays. A physical therapist is the right individual to prescribe a structured exercise program to overweight individuals.

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Nutrition and Exercice 101

Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, proper nutrition is essential for performance.

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The Heart Truth: Exercise for a Healthy Heart

According to Health Canada, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in adult Canadian men and women. A sedentary (inactive) lifestyle is the biggest cause of heart disease. Fortunately, this is something we can change.

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How a Chair Can Save Your Spine

In a 21st century office, work typically involves a lot of sitting in an office chair (usually in front of a computer). Did you know that sitting actually puts more stress on your spine than standing?

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Make Time to Stretch at Work

An eight-hour work day, especially when associated with sitting in one position, can cause muscle tightness. The simple solution is to stretch your body at regular intervals whether you’re at the office, at home, or outdoors. Here are some tips to remember when stretching.

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15 Tips for a Healthy Year

It's the New Year, and it's also time for a flurry of resolutions. You're probably thinking about how you can become healthier, be more pain-free, and move better than you do right now.

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Did You Know that Smoking is Bad for Your Bones?

According to the most recent statistics from the Canadian Lung Association, over 45,000 people die each year as a result of smoking-related diseases.Smoking is known to cause heart disease, lung cancer, oesophageal cancer and chronic lung disease. But there is one more thing: smoking is also bad for your bones!

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Sweet Dreams

The frantic deadlines and crazy schedules of modern life make it difficult to unwind and relax. This can affect your sleep patterns. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and sleep is the more restorative of all activities, yet it's among the most neglected.

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The Healthy Living Formula

Healthy living involves discipline and a strategic approach towards exercise and nutrition. It requires small, consistent changes every day to increase your metabolism and fuel your body with the right types of nutrients.

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Can Physiotherapy Train Your Brain?

We exercise to keep our bodies fit, but did you know that exercise can also train your brain? You have likely heard of the effect of endorphins on your mood, and you probably know that you feel better after exercising. Exercise can improve clarity, increase brain function, and possibly stimulate the formation of new brain pathways by restoring and stimulating nerve cells, called 'neurons'.

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Your Physiotherapist Can Help With Diabetes

In the world that we live in, Type 2 diabetes has become widespread. It is usually associated with weight gain, which further complicates the condition. Owing to insulin imbalances, it becomes extremely difficult for a diabetic to lose weight.

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Headaches Can Be Prevented 

The common response to a headache is "Let me pop a painkiller and hope the pain goes away". While this isn't necessarily a bad idea, it's not a long-term solution for headaches, particularly the ones that have a musculoskeletal origin.

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Occupational Therapy and the Elderly: Living at Home Safely

Our parents are getting older and wish to stay in their home as long as possible. For the elderly, the health benefits of staying in one’s home are well known, but the home needs to be safe.

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Keep your Bones Strong

As one grows older, the ability to build bone is decreased. Staying healthy and starting early are ways to keep your bones in good shape. 

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5 Neurological Reasons for Muscle Weakness

What would you say if you found out there were legitimate reasons why your exercise program was failing to give you the results you desired? There are five nervous system related issues that could be hindering your muscle strengthening and injury prevention efforts.

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