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Core Strengthening with Care

Core strengthening is very important for protecting the lower back against injury.  The “core” in this context refers to the muscles that support the lower back; the rectus abdominus, the obliques, transversus abdominis and the various layers of muscles in the lumbar spine area (multifidus, quadratus lumborum, parapsinal muscles and latissimus) to name a few.…

2016 Burlington Post Reader’s Choice Awards

We just wanted to thank everyone out there who supported our clinic in this year’s Burlington Post Reader’s Choice Awards.  We won’t let it go to our heads!   Burlington Sports Therapy was awarded:   Best Chiropractic Clinic Best Physiotherapy Clinic Best Massage Therapy Clinic Best Chiropractor – Dr. Kevin McIntyre Best Chiropractor – Dr. Leslie…

Sciatic nerve location

Sciatic Symptoms and The “Flip” Test

Sciatica is a common complaint at our clinic and has been the topic of sciatic blogs. As we’ve mentioned in the past, there are various causes for “sciatic” symptoms. These causes can include a lumbar disc injury (herniation) or lumbar stenosis to name a few. The symptoms of sciatica can range from leg pain, numbness,…

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A Myth About Exercising Your Back Muscles

It’s the New Year, which for many is the time for resolutions and the implementation of a new exercise program. I thought it might only be fitting to mention an interesting study published in the Journal of Dynamic Medicine. The Latissimus Dorsi is a muscle in the back that is known to be a prime…

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

This week’s blog has nothing to do with physical health or musculoskeletal injuries.  Just a short one…I just felt the need to mention something pretty awesome that happened to my family yesterday.  Yesterday morning my wife and I went to Cora’s in Burlington for breakfast with my two kids and my parents.  Sort of a Christmas time…

woman with lower back pain

Degenerative Disc Disease

Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is something that will happen to all of us.  Perhaps the question is to what extent.  Like many things in our body, the intervertebral discs wear down with time and age.  For some, they will generate pain while for others it may not pose a problem.    A recent paper I reviewed reminded me of…

man with lower back pain

Arthritis in the Spine

There are many different types of arthritis.  Some types prefer to target the spine while others do not.  Reiters syndrome is a less common form of arthritis but certainly one that can affect the spine and be quite painful. This week’s blog will focus on this lesser known type of spinal arthritis. Reiters Syndrome Reiters…