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Are BOOMERS becoming couch potatoes?!

By Christina Prevett | August 14, 2015

Over the last couple of years, a slew of new terms have come into popularity to describe how much we move. Physical inactivity, lack of exercise, sedentary behaviour seem to all be used interchangeably to describe people who do not move enough. But here’s the thing… Physical activity ≠ Exercise  Physical activity refers to movement. Standing, […]

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Why I Decided to Do my PhD

By Christina Prevett | July 24, 2015

I always really loved academia. The research environment was always something I thrived in. When I was in my undergrad I did some work in a research lab on addiction and was always able to run with my ideas. Even before I graduated from my physio degree, I was talking with professors who had done […]

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SIJ arthritis causing pain? Think again, another non-link

By Christina Prevett | July 24, 2015

By Christina Nowak BSc, MScPT, PhD(c) Low back pain and hip pain are two large contributors to pain and disability as we age. Many doctors prescribe XRays as a first means to investigate what might be going on. Previously, I have done articles related to back pain and knee arthritis that has shown that the […]

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back pain, bulging disc, physiotherapy

If you have Back Pain, A Bulging Disc sounds Scary

By Christina Prevett | July 24, 2015

But guess what! A LOT of us have them! Low back pain affects two thirds of adults and lifetime prevalence of low back pain is between 70-85%  (1).  It is a common complaint I see in my physiotherapy clinic and in the gym. It’s a big reason why people are either afraid to start lifting weights […]

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arthritis, knee pain, exercise, physiotherapy

Friction: “Bone on Bone Arthritis” Doesn’t Tell you the Whole Story about Knee Pain

By Christina Prevett | July 17, 2015

By Christina Nowak  MScPT, CSCS, PhD (s) A common complaint that I hear in the gym is that “I can’t squat because of my knees, I have bone-on-bone arthritis”. As we get older and we use and abuse our bodies, our joints wear down and deteriorate. Over time, the wear causes a degeneration of the […]

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physiotherapy, physiotherapy kingston, exercise, deadlift

Deadlifts to help REDUCE low back pain

By Christina Prevett | July 14, 2015

You have all seen the epic gym fails. The deadlifts where people going for PRs look like angry cats on the attack with hugely rounded spines. Deadlifts get a bad rap! They are seen as the number one exercise that causes back pain and so, often times, people just avoid doing them. As a physiotherapist, […]

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