By Nick Ng
Maybe bodybuilders and those who just want to get buff should include stretching as part of their workout routine. Who knew that stretching at a certain intensity could help elicit muscle hypertrophy? A team of researchers from UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia found that six weeks of stretch training creates a “strong enough stimuli to increase muscle thickness and fascicle length and decrease pennation angle” in the lateral and medial gastrocnemii without changing the maximum voluntary contraction of during plantar flexion. (1)
By Jamie Johnston, RMT
It was time for a career change — or rather a career improvement. There was an opportunity to become a first-aid attendant at a sawmill I used to work at, so I took two weeks off dove into the course. It was intense and I was learning to do things I never thought I would actually do to a person. Then, I got the job and the real learning started.
Imagine being responsible for 150 people per shift in a huge industrial place where machines can take a tree and pound it into sawdust. That thought scared the crap out of me. I had no idea if I'd be able to handle the situations I would get thrown into. But one of the senior first aid guys gave me a great piece of advice: “You gotta learn somewhere, so it might as well be here.”
By Nick Ng
It seems like every week there is a new ad on social media that touts its product can “fix” text neck, which is often blamed for neck and back pain. News reports, tweets, and medical claims — mostly from chiropractors — all tell a similar story: “Texting Can Damage Your Spine.” Even some personal trainers jumped on the bandwagon to try to “reverse” text neck with exercise.
However, there isn't any strong or good evidence suggesting that text neck — where your neck looks like this gentlemen on the left — or neck curvature is a reliable indicator for neck or back pain.