Right in the Centre - 25 more years, maybe?

By Ken Waddell

The Neepawa Banner

It’s been 25 years, as of October 23, since the first edition of the Neepawa Banner was published. We took over the Rivers Banner/Gazette/Reporter a few years later.Time didn’t exactly fly by, but maybe that’s because we weren’t having fun all the time.

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My Perspective - We change but stay the same

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

This week, the Neepawa Banner turns the page, so to speak.  This week, we celebrate the completion of our 25th year in business and begin publishing volume 26 of the Neepawa Banner.From nothing to a quarter century, this is a big cause for celebration!

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My Perspective - Ballot blues

By Kate Jackman Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 Manitobans will head to the polls to vote for their municipal government representatives and school board trustees.  Except that many won’t.  Sure, some Manitobans have already voted in advance polls or by mail-in ballot, but come election day, many Manitobans won’t take a few minutes to have their say. They will play no part in choosing the government that has the most direct impact on their day-to-day lives.

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Right in the Centre - Cooperation is the key

By Ken Waddell 

The Neepawa Banner

The political landscape of rural Manitoba has been permanently shaken up. The amalgamation of some municipalities has caused a lot of grief and concern. It was forced upon Manitobans by a provincial government that is at best rudderless and at worst manipulative.

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Core strengthening to prevent back injury

By Yellowhead Physiotherapy

Submitted Article

Low back injuries are among the most commonly seen injuries in a physiotherapy clinic. There are a variety of low back injuries that can occur including muscular strains and disc and joint injuries. While these injuries are all different in nature and require different treatments and interventions, there is one thing they all have in common. Strong core muscles are key in helping to prevent these low back injuries. 

 Your core muscles include your abdominals, back muscles and pelvic floor muscles. Together, these muscle groups work as a team to support your trunk and provide your entire body with strength and stability. Think of your core muscles as the foundation of a building. The overall strength and stability of the structure depends on the strength of the foundation. Your pelvis and spine are the main foundation that your entire body works off of.  In turn your core muscles are in charge of stabilizing and supporting the pelvis and spine. By providing optimal strength and stability, these muscles help to keep your body in proper alignment during repetitive or strenuous tasks and help you to avoid injury.

 Optimal core strength requires a combination of exercises in order to target all of the core muscle groups. Ideally you will follow a routine that provides exercises for the deep abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles. Some examples of great exercises for the core include planks and “dead bugs”. Pilates offers excellent core strengthening as well. In addition, regular cardiovascular exercise is important for overall strength and endurance. Your local physiotherapist is a great resource for more information on exercise and can create a personalized program for you.