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Sciatica, like a majority of other pain conditions, can be resolved. It will take time and effort, but it is possible.

Have you been diagnosed with sciatica?

Fit to Farm: If you have been dealing with lower back pain there’s a good chance that you have been

Sciatic is the name of the nerve that is supposedly causing the symptoms. The traditional description of what causes sciatica symptoms is that surrounding muscle groups tighten and impinge on the sciatic nerve as it exits through the pelvis and carries on down the leg. Some of the underlying roots as to why sciatic irritation […] Read more

Often the fear and apprehension that arrive from seeing a big scary thing on an imaging report actually cause more tension and alarm in our systems, in turn, exacerbating symptoms.

Imaging and ‘big scary things’

Fit to Farm: The things most often seen through imaging of the spine are not always the cause of symptoms

Regardless of how back pain started, many sufferers go on to be referred for medical imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. As a practising rehabilitation specialist I see imaging as both a blessing and curse, in the majority of cases I see. Research has shown that the big scary things we so often […] Read more


Some things to know about stretching

Fit to Farm: Newer research suggests this may not have as much benefit as once thought

Static stretching — or long holds of a position — is a thing of the past when it comes to correcting tight muscles. Over the last number of years research has suggested that static stretching doesn’t actually have as much long-term benefit as once thought. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, or harmful, but it is […] Read more

Weight training — when done intelligently for each individual — is just as effective as other types of exercise in improving health.

The truth about weight training

Fit to Farm: When done properly it can be a very effective exercise routine

“At your age, should you really be lifting weights?” “Isn’t weight training dangerous for your joints? Does that really help you feel better?” “Aren’t you worried about getting injured again?” “I heard that weight training is bad for you — doesn’t it cause arthritis?” These are some things my clients have heard when their peers/families/friends […] Read more


One way to exercise mindfulness is to dedicate small periods of time to breathing.

How breathing can help encourage mindfulness

Fit to Farm: Incorporating this into the day could help with health, mental and physical performance

The word “mindfulness” has been floating around a lot in recent years, but I still come across many individuals who have yet to be introduced to the basics of mindfulness. Being mindful isn’t necessarily an exercise you can do three sets of 10 a day and expect immediate change — but similar to how I […] Read more

While many would expect that a certain level of fatigue and tension would accompany the busy seasons, there’s more to it than that.

Here’s some tips to help prevent muscle tension

Fit to Farm: Farming includes long hours spent on equipment but pain and discomfort shouldn’t be a normal side-effect

Farming is an industry where scheduling is ruled by the seeds we sow, the animals we raise, and the people we feed. While many would expect that a certain level of fatigue and tension would accompany the busy seasons, there’s more to it than that. Tension that causes discomfort or pain and fatigue are signs […] Read more


Traditionally, oats have been used in their whole ingredient form for products such as flour, groats, flaked and rolled oats.

Consumer demands driving oat research

From shakes for cancer patients to high-protein vegan foods, oats have potential

Health conscious people are in “the know” about the benefits of eating oats and oat products. Oats truly are a super food, high in dietary fiber that many studies suggest can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and colorectal cancer. At the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and […] Read more

The average age of farmers in Canada is 55, up from 52 over the past decade.

Taking care of your health through the ages

Simple lifestyle changes can help ensure you age well, and safely

It is no secret that Canadian farmers are getting older. The 2016 Census shows the average age of farmers in Canada is 55, up from 52 in just 10 years. It is also no secret that as people age, we experience changes that can reduce our physical and mental capabilities. Signs of aging include: 1. […] Read more


Reporter’s Notebook: Seek out the services you need

This has been a long harvest. Know how to find support, and don’t hesitate to use it


It’s been a rough harvest. If you didn’t have a miserable harvest, you may have been stricken by drought. If you weren’t worried about the weather, there were the NAFTA renegotiations to keep you up at night. The House of Commons Ag Committee has been studying mental health issues among farmers and livestock producers. The […] Read more

Hydration is important because water does many things for the body.

How are your health habits?

Many say they are too busy to include new habits into their day for better health

The problem with habits is that they take time and effort — something we don’t naturally drift to. Health is an ongoing series of habits and decisions you make every day, but one of the biggest barriers clients tell me about is not having enough time to include new healthy habits into their life. They […] Read more