Garden Tips: Warm up, take breaks, drink water, breathe, listen to your body, be mindful of large loads and vary your tasks.
Throughout the month of April we are celebrating the arrival of Spring and being active.
Four main causes of sciatica and how chiropractic can help.
CHEO: Tips on what to look for in a backpack
The backpack should be fit to the person, not the person to the backpack. When choosing a backpack, it should not be oversized ‘to carry more’. The shoulder straps should fit comfortably and not dig in to the shoulders, allowing the arms to move freely; the bottom of the pack should rest in the contour of the lower back; and the pack should “sit” evenly in the middle of the back, not “sag down” toward the buttocks.
When choosing a backpack, look for one made of lightweight materials, like canvas, to reduce the weight, and with many storage compartments to enable better storage and the ability to balance the weight of the contents throughout the entire pack. Place larger flat items closest to the back.
Padded back — to reduce pressure and prevent the pack’s … Read More »
10 Tips on how to prevent post-workout muscle pain/ 10 conseils pour prévenir les douleurs musculaires après l’entraînement
Many people use the New Year as a spring board to start a new exercise routine, and more often than not people start out with aggressive work outs to make up for lost time. This will only lead to pain and soreness that will discourage many from getting back to the gym. Sore muscles after a good workout are perfectly normal for 24-48 hours and should diminish as your body adapts to the new stresses of the workouts. This soreness is call delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
The reason we feel this good pain is because when we resistance train, our muscles will micro-tear creating pain and inflammation. This is a necessary evil so that then our muscles heal and recover stronger and more dense.
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Having your spine checked out similar to having your oral hygeine assessed by a dentist or having an optician look at your eyes is a good practice to get into to catch small problems from starting to become too big or painful.
Spring is the time of year where chiropractors and massage therapists start seeing injuries at greater rates than most other times of the year. A large part of this is due to the fact that many Canadians remain more sedentary over the winter and then try to pick up where they left off.
Feeling cold and blue with the winter weather? Did you know that 30 minutes of exercise could help? Many people report a lack of time and energy to engage in daily movement or physical activity, but investing 30 minutes daily in moderate physical activity can decrease depression, stress and anxiety. Most of all it will improve your quality of life! Exercise increases blood circulation to the body and brain, including areas of the brain that control the release of stress hormones. Incorporating daily physical activity will help to manage daily stresses and any unexpected stressors that may arise.
Our health is comprised of different aspects-adequate sleep or rest, movement or physical activity, nutrition, our living environment, and mental/spiritual/emotional support. The World Health Organization has defined health as “a state … Read More »
It’s December and the local ski hills are open! For most people, skiing and snowboarding is seen as a relaxing activity that can be done with friends or family. The difficulty is that many just aren’t prepared to tackle the hill when they purchase their first lift ticket. Being able to react to variable terrains, snow conditions and high speeds encountered on the hill is not something most people train for throughout the year. As a result, many unnecessary injuries occur every year.
The simplest thing athletes can do to prevent an injury is to purchase protective equipment and maintain them on a regular basis. Items such as helmets are no longer considered “uncool” and are becoming the norm amongst most skiers and snowboarders. In fact, in order to gain … Read More »
I was reading an interesting study yesterday about the why people consult a chiropractor for care. A summary of this study can be read here. The gist of it is that in Australia, 60 out of 100 people consult with a chiropractor for musculoskeletal injuries. Another 39 out of 100 people consult with them for “maintenance,” “wellness,” or periodic “checkups.” This means that essentially 40% of people are seeking out a chiropractor, not to fix their “boo-boo” but rather to help them with their lifestyle and in some way enhance their health. What was even better about this study was that the chiropractors were prescribing “evidenced-based” treatment options.
This got me to thinking, why is it that professional, semi-professional athletes seek out chiropractors or other therapies when they … Read More »
Kinesio tape has a special elasticity matching that of the skin which gives non-restricted support allowing muscles to perform a full range of motion, easily and comfortably. This taping method is known for its extreme durability (up to a 4 day wearing period), giving you lasting support and pain relief. By lifting the skin, it allows the flow of body fluids under the application area, reducing edema, inflammation, and general discomfort. Anyone who tuned into the London Olympics can conclude that it has become a very popular technique among athletes. However it was designed for a wide range of patients, including children and elderly, making it ideal for treating a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as a great performance enhancing method.
Summarized from Ask the Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Kinesio Taping. Read the full article at Read More »
Craniosacral therapy may be described as a balancing of the whole nervous system. The sessions involve a therapist placing their hands on the patient, allowing them to tune into the craniosacral rhythm of the body. This rhythm is caused by a fluid fluctuation that exists in the body as part of your equilibrium system. Craniosacral therapy involves tuning into this rhythm, helping to increase the body’s intrinsic health. This treatment modality has the ability to treat mental stress, migraines, neck and back pain, discomforts from pregnancy, sleep issues, and many other chronic conditions.
Summarized from Can Craniosacral Therapy Cure You. Read the full article at www.helathylifect.com.
Besides feeling great, massage has been proven to have many physical and mental health benefits. Massage effectively reduces inflammation and studies have shown that a weekly massage of about an hour creates significant improvement in pain relief and function. Along with this, other research has shown it can help relieve anxiety, mild depression, stress, and more.
Summarized from Massage has been shown to ease many ills. Read the full article at www.washingtonpost.com.
Chiropractic is the world’s second largest healthcare profession which serves patients without the use of drugs or surgery. Some people refuse to see a Chiropractor, while others think it’s a miracle after it has resolved a health issue when nothing else worked. People commonly refer to Chiropractors as “back doctors” that work to relieve back pain among their patients. The truth however, is that Chiropractors are actually nervous system doctors. Since the nervous system is the control centre of literally all parts of the body, Chiropractors achieve excellent results with conditions that you may not suspect such as allergies, asthma, digestive problems, and much more, all while being leaders in neck, back and headache relief. “Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret” reveals the benefits of Chiropractic for achieving … Read More »
Being a highly active individual creates many physical tolls on the body. Active Release Technique (ART) is a specialized form of massage therapy that involves applying acute pressure to an affected area while lengthening the tissue through its natural range of motion. This process stretches out adhesions and causes healing so effectively that professional leagues, including NFL, MLB, NHL, and many Olympic teams, have begun contracting ART practitioners to help athletes recover from injuries. Unlike standard forms of massage therapy and chiropractic care, ART is not designed to be a preventative tool, but rather to heal specific injuries such as plantar fasciitis and calf pain. Repetitive strain and overuse injuries that are very common among all types of runners, will accumulate scar tissue if they are left untreated. The … Read More »