Post a picture or video for your chance to win!

Post a picture or video of you telling us why it is important to you to be backfit with the hashtag #IAMBACKFIT .

You will be entered in a draw to win a Singing Bowl Granola Gift Pack. Plus every weekday, 1 person will win a free entry to the Victoria Health show.

The contest runs January 12-January 20, 2016.

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Karmen’s New Years Resolution!

Happy New Year Backfit community!

Karmen’s focus for 2016? Healthy eating through better meal planning! Watch as Karmen shows you how she prepares lunches for the week. Quick and healthy… what could be better?

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Great Expectations

I love the Christmas season… the twinkling lights, the carols, the decorations, the special family traditions and holiday parties. I love it all!

It’s also the season that I find myself creating great expectations. Wanting the perfect tree, finding the perfect gift, creating a beautiful holiday table with the perfect Christmas dinner. Packing in every special holiday event, party, and Christmas movie before December 25th!

The reality? Creating these lofty expectations can often lead to frustration and disappointment when things don’t turn out exactly the way you envisioned them. The endless lists and sleepless nights. Is this really the experience I want to have? Is this the experience I want to create for my family?

I pause to reflect on my greatest desire this Christmas. It’s simple really… to experience joy and gratitude. So how do I create this?

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Let go of expectations. Be in the moment. Create the kind of connection that nourishes the soul.

One of my favourite quotes from Mother Teresa comes to mind…

“Do small things with great love.”

When we are truly present to the people we are with, we demonstrate this kind of love. When we let go of our great expectations and embrace the beautiful, imperfect nature of each moment, this is when we find our greatest joy.

~ Dr. Marissa Bentham

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Pillow Talk with Jim & Karmen!


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   -Benjamin Franklin

Ah, yes. So true!

Backfit team member, Karmen, shows you how she puts this philosophy to work in her life. Well done, Jim & Karmen. You’ve inspired us!

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Your Spinal Reboot!

-by Dr. Greg Eisert

I notice a theme each year as spring leads into summer that plays out in the lives of our Backfit patients. With longer days and warmer weather, we see an increase in activity levels. If we aren’t conscious about preparing our bodies for this transition, we are susceptible to injury.

Strains, sprains and everything in between are accomplished in many different ways. A few examples include: a vigorous gardening session, an epic tennis match, or the first soccer game of the year.

One thing we can all count on is that we will “feel” the effects of activities if we are not accustomed to them.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”    

~Alexander Graham Bell

Our capacity for healing and recovery is greatly impacted by our level of preparation. I have included a list to follow to minimize the “after effects” of the activities we love to do.

Action Steps:

  1. Plan Ahead: If this is going to be your first time gardening in 6 months, don’t plan on doing 6 hours straight. Incorporate breaks every 30 minutes to reduce the demands on your spine. Don’t overdo it!
  1. Warm Up: Prior to any type of vigorous activity, prepare your spine with a proper warm-up. This may include a wobble chair (or similar activity), cervical traction, range of motion exercises, as well as light stretching.
  1. Mindfulness: Your goal is to minimize sustained postural loading (strain) on the body. Be mindful of your posture and biomechanics when you hit the court or the green!
    1. Tennis: Avoid playing a gruelling 5-set marathon for your first match in 6 months.
    2. Gardening: rotate through body positions every 10 minutes.
    3. Golf: Listen to your body and stretch between holes.
  1. Spinal Foams: Lying on your spinal foams for as little as 5 minutes immediately after activity will help to reposition and “reboot” your spine.core 1
  2. Cryotherapy: Using ice or CryoDerm will help to reduce inflammation created from the activity. Inflammation is akin to a wild fire. The longer it’s left alone, the bigger the potential problem (pain and stiffness).


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  1. If you’re out and about and cannot foam immediately after activity, apply CryoDerm to your area of concern. When you do arrive home, get on those foams and ice afterwards.

Keeping ahead of the inflammation is the best way to keep functioning at our best.

Experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of physical stress on the body is not a reflection of the state of our health. Rather, our health correlates with how well we “bounce back” from an aggravation or injury. What takes one person one day may take another person 2 weeks. This is a true reflection of one’s health and well being.

Now that you “know” –  it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that life has to offer!




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Become a Backfit Ambassador!

bf-11Backfit is looking for fun, creative, athletes, yogis, and coaches to help spread the word that healthy athletes make better athletes.

We believe that improving your spinal health will help you maximize your potential as an athlete. And we want to partner with you to help you achieve your dreams.

You already know that being an athlete means pursuing your next personal best one small improvement at a time. If you’re doing everything else right, improving your spinal health could be the missing piece.

You know that becoming your best means doing things differently. You’re ready to try a different approach.

We want to work with you to minimize your potential for injuries, and maximize
your recovery – so that you can train harder, and train smarter.

And we want to partner with you.  Apply today to become a Backfit Ambassador, and get access to a complete and comprehensive spinal fitness program, customized for you.

To apply, please send us a short email or video (under 5 minutes please) that
introduces us to who you are and why you’d make an amazing Backfit Ambassador. We are looking for ambassadors who are fun, creative, and not afraid to try
something new. Please send to by April 30, 2015.

Please include the following:
Your Name
Your Sport, Experience, and Goals
Why You’d Make an Amazing Backfit Ambassador
Your Experience with Social Media
Your contact info

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Ask an MD – Interview with Dr. Faulkner

Today we’re bringing you more from our interview series with Dr. Stephen Faulkner, MD. In our first video, watch as Dr. Bentham asks that burning question “Is chiropractic care safe?

In our second video, these two doctors have an important dialogue about the role of lifestyle habits in your spinal health. Which habits are you currently practicing? Is there something new you can implement?



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How Can You Change Your Posture?

The state of our health is, in many ways, the product of our thoughts and behaviours.  Whether it’s the way we nourish our body, our level of physical activity, or the amount of rest and reflection that we create time for, our behaviours have a direct impact on our health and wellbeing.  Agreed?  So here’s the thing… as humans, we have patterns to our behaviour – typical ways that we will react and respond in certain situations.  Changing patterns can be a challenging task.

Take a couple of minutes and listen in to this short clip from Dr. Doyle’s presentation on posture.  Yes – even your posture can be a product of your habits!  If you want to make a change, you have to create a new pattern.

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