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Golf season is here! 3 tips to prevent low back pain

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Summer is here! For many, the favourite sport of the season is golf. Like any sport, golf can trigger low back pain with muscle strains and sprains combined with injuries to the spine.

Individuals who suffer from chronic or recurring episodes of low back pain can be frustrated when pain hinders their time on the green.

Activa recommends 3 simple ways to prevent back injury and low back pain on the golf course: warm-up before playing golf, practice your swing, and safely carry your golf bag.

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Spring Gardening: 7 Tips to Prevent Back Injury and Muscle Strain

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Spring gardening season is here! Before you start planting your favourite flowers, make sure you keep safety in mind to avoid muscle strain or back injury. Small changes to your movements and gardening habits will allow you to enjoy spring gardening and the beauty it brings.

Gardening is a physical activity so think of it as one that requires training, similar to preparing for running a marathon. Consider gardening as hiking — your first time out for the season shouldn’t exceed a few hours. Lifting and digging can put stress on your back and other muscles and the morning after a day filled with planting will activate muscles you likely haven’t used all winter.

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8 Easy Stretches to Prep for Downhill Skiing

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Ski Season is Here, Ottawa!

Ski season is here and if you love to hit the slopes, make sure you prepare for the demands of this winter sport. Whether you’re an athlete or weekend warrior, we recommend that you stretch to avoid minor aches, pains or a serious injury.

The most common injuries that we treat at Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa among skiers are torque-type injuries to the lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle joints and bones of the thigh, leg and foot). Twisting of the upper leg one way while the lower leg rotates in the opposite direction can result in tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which can be avoided by stretching in advance of physical activity.

Did you know that all of the major muscle groups in your body are used for skiing? Read More

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7 Best Stretches for Snow Shovelling

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The winter season is here, Ottawa! Before you go outside to tackle the snow, Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa encourages you to take 5 minutes to stretch and avoid unwanted injuries before the New Year.

Did you know? Snow shovelling accounts for most injuries each winter season at Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa as well as your local ER. Preparation for snow removal should be treated the same as your preparation at the gym: start with stretching! Read More