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3
Feb

Lack of sunshine during the winter can impact your bone health

We have been in the middle of many dark, gloomy winter days lately!  The lack of exposure to sunlight decreases the amount of vitamin D that we are absorbing from the sun.  Vitamin D plays a crucial role in keeping our bones strong and healthy.   When we decrease our time outdoors, as well as have an increase in the number of cloudy days, our bones can suffer.

The attached article gives examples of foods that are rich in Vitamin D, such as oily fish and eggs.  Other foods such as cereals, and dairy products are often fortified with vitamin D.  Another two foods that contain high levels of Vitamin D are pork and mushrooms.

If you are considering using a Vitamin D supplement, please schedule an appointment with me or another health care professional to discuss the appropriate daily dose for you.

Lastly, if there is a sunny day during these winter months, take advantage of it…get bundled up and go out for a nice walk!  The sunshine will increase your vitamin D intake, and the walking helps to keep your bones healthy as well!

https://www.chiropractic.ca/blog/how-a-lack-of-sunshine-in-the-winter-can-impact-your-bone-health/

 

18
Nov

Reasons to carry your baby facing you

This is an excellent article that discusses 7 reasons to carry your baby in a carrier facing you versus facing out.

Using carriers is a wonderful way to be able to get things done and still spent time with your infant.  If you have any questions about baby wearing, please ask me!

http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/The-Outer-Womb/seven-reasons-to-not-carry-baby-facing-out.html

28
Sep

Headaches in children

Chiropractic care is helpful in reducing the severity and frequency of headaches in children.  Often after only a few adjustments, headaches may be reduced significantly.  If your child suffers from headaches, consider booking an examination so that we can discuss ways that chiropractic care can help!

25
Aug

Babywearing

Babywearing is simply the act of “wearing” your baby versus carrying them in a car seat, pushing them in a stroller, or sitting them in a baby chair.  Babywearing provides babies with the human touch that they crave.  Babies “thrive on touch” according to Babywearing International.  Babywearing allows the baby to feel close to mum or dad, which provides comfort and allows the parents to do any number of activities with the baby.

Babywearing is near and dear to my heart, as I spent countless hours wearing my daughter.  As a baby with colic and a strong dislike for naps, babywearing was my go to method of calming her down and getting her to sleep.  It also gave me the ability to go shopping or do tasks around the house, as she wouldn’t tolerate being put down for even a few minutes before the crying would start.

Babywearing is easy to do and includes all sorts of different methods from slings, to wraps to structured carriers.  The most important thing for parents is to choose the appropriate carrier as well correctly place the infant/toddler/child in the carrier, which is dependent on the age and development of the child.

Please take a look at the information provided by Babywearing International to gain more information regarding what is appropriate for you and your child!

http://babywearinginternational.org/2014/12/29/optimal-positioning-cards/

 

22
May

Get out and garden!

The rest of the weekend looks like it is going to be perfect weather for getting your gardening started for the summer.  Gardening is hard work, so please remember to think about your positioning while you plant, and to get help with heavier activities.

Take a look at a few stretches that can help prevent gardening related injuries!

Enjoy the beautiful weather 🙂

https://www.chiropractic.on.ca/get-set-to-garden-your-back-health

16
May

Did you know…

I have had a number of patients in the past few weeks ask if I can help them with their knee pain, foot pain, wrist pain, etc.  The answer to all of those questions is YES!!

Chiropractors are well known for their ability to help back and neck pain, but most people don’t know that chiropractors are also able to help with extremity issues as well.  Chiropractors are trained in diagnosing and managing all types of musculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ (jaw) pain
  • Shoulder issues (eg. rotator cuff injuries, biceps tendinosis, AC joint sprains, etc)
  • Elbow pain (eg. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow)
  • Wrist and hand pain (eg. tendinosis, sprains, trigger finger, etc)
  • Hip pain (eg. bursitis, hip flexor issues, etc)
  • Knee problems (eg. sprains, patellofemoral syndrome, Osgood-Schlatter disease, meniscal pain)
  • Ankle and foot pain (eg. sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, etc)
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Disc herniations

To diagnose any injury, a compete history of the issue will be taken, and orthopedic testing and palpation of the injury site will be performed.  Treatment for injuries may involve joint adjusting, use of interferential current or therapeutic ultrasound, soft tissue therapy, as well as home based stretching and strengthening exercises.

If you don’t see your particular issue in the above list, please ask about it.  If your condition can’t be managed with chiropractic care, I am happy to help direct you to a practitioner who will be able to help you!

4
May

The importance of drinking water

It’s hard to believe, but humans bodies are 65% water.  In order to maintain adequate hydration, it is important to drink enough water on a daily basis.  Hydration is important for maintaining good blood circulation through adequate blood volume, waste removal and detoxification of the body, ability to sweat and cool the body, keeping joints lubricated which helps to prevent arthritis, and a countless number of other body processes.

Many adults are chronically dehydrated.  Signs of dehydration include thirst, dry skin, tiredness, inability to concentrate, headaches, joint and muscle aches, infrequent urination, constipation and hunger – especially sugar cravings.  It is best to make a habit of drinking water throughout the day to help the body stay hydrated.  By the time you start to feel thirsty, your body is already in the early stages of dehydration.  It is recommended that adults drink a minimum of 2 litres of water each day.  It is important to actually drink water, and not other drinks, especially drinks that contain high levels or sugar or caffeine.

Take a look at this infographic for more information 🙂

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24
Apr

Yoga poses to help you fall asleep

Sunday night should be a relaxing and quiet evening that ends with heading to bed at a reasonable time.  If possible, you should aim to be in bed each night at the same time.  Many people have difficulty falling asleep no matter what time they go to bed.  To help ease the transition between your active day and bedtime, try doing some yoga poses to help you relax.  If yoga isn’t for you, try reading or meditating before bed.  The biggest thing you can do to help yourself fall asleep is to stop watching tv, and turn off your cell phone for the night at least 30 minutes before bedtime.  Sleep well…

http://www.livestrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/NamasteV3Sized.jpg

20
Apr

Do you want to learn to run?

To follow up the “how to choose a running shoe” post from a few days ago, here is an article that  shows one version of the “Couch to 5k” program, which is very popular for people just learning to run.  It suggests doing walking and running intervals to help ease your way into running.  If you don’t like this program, you will find many others by doing a google search.

Interval training is helpful as it makes learning to run easier on the body, making running more enjoyable and decreasing the likelihood for injury.  People also like the way that intervals break up the run into manageable sections.

The nice weather makes it a great time to start a running program, and if you start now you will have made amazing progress by the end of the summer.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health-advisor/how-to-go-from-the-couch-to-running-5k-in-eight-weeks/article29292340/

 

 

17
Apr

How to choose a pair of running shoes.

The nice weather is here and it is the perfect time to get outside and go for a run!  Whether you are a new runner, returning to running or a long time runner, it is important that you choose shoes that work for your feet and will support you.   A lot of people think that all running shoes are equal, and often choose running shoes based on what colour they are or what company makes them.  The problem with selecting a shoe based on these methods is that you will find yourself wearing a poor quality shoe, which could potentially cause injuries to develop.

The attached video shows how to test a shoe by performing the three point test.  Whenever you are looking for a new running shoe, you should perform these easy tests to make sure that you are purchasing a shoe that is going to provide your foot with the stability it needs.  A good shoe helps to make every run great!