Backfit Clinic is Open!

We are very excited to continue offering you the same high-quality service and care as we move into the next phase of the provincial restart. Many procedures and policies have been updated to ensure your safety and that of our team. For your health and safety, here are some of the changes that we have … Read more

COVID-19 & Essential Services

Attention As required by the Provincial Health Officer and the College of Chiropractors of BC, during the COVID-19 pandemic, chiropractors can only treat patients in-person when providing “emergent, urgent and/or essential care.” You must schedule an appointment for in-person treatment. Unscheduled, drop-in treatments are not permitted. Before you can schedule an in-person treatment, you must … Read more

Message To Our Valued Clients, Regarding COVID-19

We would like to reassure you that at Backfit your health and safety, and that of our staff, is our top priority. We pride ourselves on a clean and sanitary workplace where our equipment is sanitized and cleaned on a regular basis. In the face of COVID-19, we are taking extra measures, including regularly disinfecting … Read more

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 … Read more

Live Life to its Fullest!

  Dr. Bartlett shares his passion for downhill skiing from beautiful Mt. Washington. He has a challenge for you this holiday season… Live life to its fullest! [youtube][/youtube]

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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spinal Foams: Lying on your spinal foams for as little as 5 minutes immediately after activity will help to reposition and “reboot” your spine.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!

Become a Backfit Ambassador!

Backfit 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more