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Low Back Health for Life

  •  October 10, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

If you have ever had low back pain (LBP), you are not alone. Over 80% of Canadians have experienced back pain at some point in their life. Approximately 62% of Albertans have had an episode of back pain within the last year and over three quarters will have a recurrence of LBP in the future. Close to 40% of these individuals will have visited a health-care provider about their back pain.

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10 Questions You Need Answered Before Leaving the Hospital

  •  September 6, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

In today’s health-care environment, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are being discharged sooner than they may expect. Discharge planning often starts at admission; however, discharges may come up suddenly. This can result in patients and their caregivers feeling overwhelmed with information and concerned about their readiness for discharge. There may be little opportunity to think of and ask questions.

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Backpacks 101: Tips for Parents

  •  August 8, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

Along with buying the required books, calculators and pens, parents and children are looking to buy cool, new backpacks to carry all these supplies to school. However, it is important that, as parents, you consider the overall design and size of the backpack to ensure your child is able to wear the backpack comfortably and without experiencing injury.

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Foam Rollers: Not Just for the Gym

  •  July 4, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

You might also have seen these foam rolls for sale in the exercise equipment section of your local department store or on the internet and wondered why something that looks like an oversized pool noodle is considered an exercise tool. Welcome to the foam roller craze! Do they really work?

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Frequently Asked Needling Questions - Answered

  •  June 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Over the years an increasing proportion of physiotherapists have incorporated the use of needles into their practice. As with any other type of treatment, it is important that you have a good understanding of these treatment approaches, so you can make an informed decision if your physiotherapist suggests needling as a part of your treatment.

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