Vary position at work. Sitting at computers and desks all day puts increased pressured on your spine. After 30 minutes of sitting, you should get up and walk around to keep the flow of blood and fluids to the spine. If possible, you can try setting up a standing workstation to vary position while working at a computer. Your physiotherapist will prescribe suitable and safe stretches or “pause exercises” and provide tips on how to correctly position oneself in front of the computer.
Stay flexible. Optimal spinal health means having flexibility in all directions. If your thorax has limited rotation movement, more load and stress can be transferred to one’s low back, neck or other body parts. Check your rotation by sitting in a chair with your arms crossed across their stomach; you should be able to turn equally to the right and left and see behind yourself easily. If you an asymmetry between the right and left directions, or reduced motion in either direction, your physiotherapist can assess the reason why, mobilize spinal joints, and give you exercises to maintain your thoracic mobility.
Keep the core in check. You can regain optimal control of your deep spinal muscles (core) following an episode of neck or back pain. A physiotherapist will show you how to achieve ideal postural alignment and will prescribe exercises to strengthen their core to better support your spine.
Correct postural habits. You should always be aware of habitual postures and positions (such as always sitting on one side of the couch, slouching with feet on the coffee table, carrying a bag/purse over the same shoulder always, sitting cross-legged, leaning usually on the same elbow etc.). Your physiotherapist can assess reasons why you may adopt habitual positions, and how to easily correct them.
University of Windsor
4th Year Co-op Student
Active Body Physical Therapy started with a simple premise: Make available to every person the health resources they need to live a healthy, active, and long life. At the same time, educate each person about the importance of preventative health measures. This same idea still drives us today, some 15 years later. The track record we've accumulated over the years speaks to our commitment to patients, their families, and the community at large. All of our facilities are clean and modern, with the latest technology at our disposal. We are sure you'll notice the difference immediately when you step foot inside our doors. We'd love to see you today to map out a health and wellness plan that's tailored to your health history and needs.
University of Windsor Kinesiology
4th year Co-op Student
At Active Body Physical Therapy we are happy to be able to provide educational and hiring opportunities to University Co-op students every semester. We pride ourselves in offering an excellent teaching environment to those who are interested in the medical health field surrounding physiotherapy. This semester we welcome: