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Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc.


Welcome to Fall, it’s harvest and other autumn trimmings! 

We are happy to report that Rhonda Flemming, MT, has returned to work and would be pleased to hear from new and former clients.  We also welcomed new assistant, Rebecca Olsen, who is replacing Katie who has begun studies in Truro.

Our Run for the Cure team had a great run on October 3rd.  Thanks for your support!


        Consumer Choice Award!

We are very excited  and honored that Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc. has won a 2010 Consumer Choice Award for excellent physiotherapy services.  We appreciate the trust and confidence you have in us in choosing Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic to help you, your family and friends achieve better health.  We promise to continue our efforts to serve you well.  Thank you

Massage Fall Special !

Receive $5.00 OFF A MASSAGE when you refer a friend to use any of our services.  We will only know that you have sent them though if they tell us. You will then receive a coupon for $5.00 off a massage treatment booked by November 30th!  *************************************************************** 

                                              Picture Contest!

In the photograph on the right, can you identify the building of this HRM location? Be the fourteenth caller to dial 865-5749 and you could win a gift certificate towards dinner at a local restaurant.

Congratulation to the Summer Newsletter winner.  The identity of Sackville Drive building portrayed in that issue - The Rubber Duck.


We have recently added over 30 new articles to our patient resource library including a general excercise section and a new patient guide about Transient Synovitis of the Hip in Children.

Featured Article: 5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Back to Reduce Pain and Injuries

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Back to Reduce Pain And Injuries

The back is one of the most used and abused parts of the body.  It is subjected to all sorts of twists, turns, and is put into almost impossible positions day after day.  The back and spine are especially important since they give support to all the other body parts.  If your back is not strong and healthy, you aren’t going very far!

There are exercises you can do, both alone and with a physiotherapist that will strengthen your back.  These work for anyone trying to prevent back problems, those with a back injury and also those with ongoing back pain [1, 2].  The things you can do to keep your back in good condition or return it to proper form after an injury include:

●      Stretch and strengthen back muscles.  There are several ways of doing this so let your physiotherapist show you the best ones for you.  Make a habit of stretching these muscles once or twice a day.  Strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine will also help with any back pain [3].     

●      Strengthen your abdominal muscles.  A strong core will help alleviate back pain.  There are also several ways to do this, so get the guidance of a physiotherapist to learn the best techniques for your situation.  Results can often be felt quickly.  A recent study demonstrated that middle aged individuals who took a beginner Pilates class were able to significantly increase their abdominal strength and hamstring flexibility in as little as 12 weeks  [4].   

●      Walk.  Muscles need to be used regularly so they stay strong.  Simple movements like walking are perfect for keeping the back healthy since it uses many muscles in the body, including the back and abdominals. Even with a back injury, most people can take a walk daily without too much discomfort.  If walking aggravates your back pain then it may be best to be assessed by a physiotherapist. 

●      Do gentle exercises such as Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga.  These exercises all involve a lot of stretching, which increases blood flow.  They are also low impact and will strengthen core muscles, all of which can keep your back healthy and you happy [5].

●      Get Physiotherapy.  Working with a trained and certified physiotherapist can help you prevent back problems or heal your back after an injury.  He/she will assess your fitness level and design the best course of action for you.  Plus your physiotherapist will also be able to monitor your improvement and update your program as you progress.  A physiotherapist can help release tight back muscles and manually manipulate your back joints to give you the most benefit [6].

If you suffer from back pain, or even if you just want to keep your back healthy to prevent future pain, following an appropriate exercise program will help.  What you do is not so important, as long as you are doing it safely and appropriately [7-9].  

A licensed, trained physiotherapist will be able to assess your back, and create a program that is perfect for you.  The professional physiotherapists at Bedford-Sackville Physiotherapy Clinic Inc. would be happy to talk to you today and answer any questions or concerns you may have.


1.  Rainville J, Hartigan C, Jouve C, Martinez E. The influence of intense exercise-based physical therapy program on back pain anticipated before and induced by physical activities. Spine J. 2004 Mar-Apr;4(2):176-83.

2.  Oesch P, Kool J, Hagen KB, Bachmann S. Effectiveness of exercise on work disability in patients with non-acute non-specific low back pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. J Rehabil Med. 2010


3.  Mannion AF, Taimela S, Müntener M, Dvorak J. Active therapy for chronic low back pain part 1. Effects on back muscle activation, fatigability, and strength. Spine. 2001 Apr 15;26(8):897-908.

4. Fenwick CM, Brown SH, McGill SM. Comparison of different rowing exercises: trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine motion, load, and stiffness. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Aug;23(5):1408-17.

5. Tanimoto M, Sanada K, Yamamoto K, Kawano H, Gando Y, Tabata I, Ishii N, Miyachi M. Effects of whole-body low-intensity resistance training with slow movement and tonic force generation on muscular size and strength in young men. J Strength Cond Res. 2008 Nov;22(6):1926-38.

6.  Kloubec JA. Pilates for improvement of muscle endurance, flexibility, balance, and posture. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Mar;24(3):661-7.

7.  Groessl EJ, Weingart KR, Aschbacher K, Pada L, Baxi S. Yoga for veterans with chronic low-back pain. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Nov;14(9):1123-9.

8.  Goren A, Yildiz N, Topuz O, Findikoglu G, Ardic F. Efficacy of exercise and ultrasound in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a prospective randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2010 Jul;24(7):623-31.

9.  Sertpoyraz F, Eyigor S, Karapolat H, Capaci K, Kirazli Y. Comparison of isokinetic exercise versus standard exercise training in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil. 2009 Mar;23(3):238-47.

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