The leaves are turning, many have fallen and winter is just around the corner. With the arrival of snow comes skiing, sleigh rides, tobogganing and inevitably shovelling. Shovelling is very strenuous work, and can be the cause of various muscle and joint problems including back pain. In some cases it can even lead to something more serious, such as a heart attack.
If you have had a relatively inactive summer, or have preexisting back or heart problems you should consult your health care practitioner for advice on whether or not you should undertake the task of shovelling. Once you have determined that it is safe for you to tackle the snow, following these six simple steps will help you to avoid unnecessary
The pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis is an all too common occurrence for many individuals. There are various forms of treatment available, with natural products and supplements becoming increasingly popular. One such product, glucosamine sulfate has been shown to provide marked relief from pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine is a natural substance found abundantly in joint cartilage. It plays a major role in producing the elements that replenish and maintain cartilage. Because the joints are repeatedly subjected to damaging forces like excess weight, heavy lifting and highimpact sports, the cartilage is worn faster than the body can replace it.
Supplying the body with additional glucosamine sulfate allows it to rebuild cartilage at a faster rate, and reduce the destruction of the joint itself. Glucosamine supplementation often leads to significant pain relief and improved mobility for patients with osteoarthritis, especially when combined with proper diet, exercise, and good spinal hygiene.
by Dr. Stephen Godin BSc, DC
Walking is a form of physical activity that rarely gets the credit it deserves. If you have ever walked for 10 minutes or more, you have done more for your health than you probably realize.
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that moderate activity, even done in short bouts of 8 to 10 minutes is enough to help control high blood pressure, and increase HDL (the good cholesterol). The authors of the study recommend that “Every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderateintensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.” Brisk walking is one means of achieving “moderate activity.”
Low-Level Laser Therapy is available at Cole Harbour Chiropractic! High intensity light is used to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis and whiplash. It is non-invasive and painless. Join the thousands of people including elite athletes who are enjoying the benefits of this type of therapy.