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PUT THE SPRING BACK IN YOUR STEP….with help from your chiropractor

Summer is just around the corner(fingers crossed), and with that comes spring cleaning, gardening, and outdoor sports. It’s great to be active but after a looooong winter of inactivity it could mean an increased risk for injury—especially for your back.

The following are some general tips to help decrease your chance of injury:

• warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before any activity…march in place, walk around the block..whatever it takes to safely get the blood flowing to the muscles to warm them up.

• perform some mild stretches before starting your activity, and a more detailed stretching full body routine after

• when lifting bend at the knees, keep the item close to your body and avoid twisting at the waist when placing and object down

• if you do injure yourself apply ice to the area for 10-20 minutes and consult your chiropractor to determine the cause of, and if necessary, treat the area of pain.

Already a back pain sufferer? Well, you are not alone –approximately 8 out of 10 people will experience back pain at some point throughout their life. And if left untreated there is a high chance that it will reoccur. The good news is you don’t have to give up the activities you love. If you are currently experiencing back pain it is very important that you first reduce your symptoms.

Doctors of chiropractic specialize in caring for your back. They offer diagnosis of your problem in addition to a safe and effective treatment for back pain—all without a referral. They can also provide you with a back care routine designed specifically for you!

Remember, with back pain PREVENTION is key! With a daily flexibility routine combined with a strengthening program and regular visits to your chiropractor, you can substantially reduce your risk of injury. You’ll have a spring in your step and be able to enjoy summer to the fullest!

 

Catherine Bartlett, BSc, DC

Chiropractor

What is Wellness?

By Dr. Stephen Godin

There is no doubt about it; health and health promotion have become hot topics in the past several years. Our minds have become flooded with a variety of ideas, and we are left to pick and choose what makes sense to us. In order to simplify this task, I would like to introduce to you the concept of “wellness.”

Will I have HEADACHES forever?

If you have experienced a headache in the last 30 days, you are not alone! Research shows that 57% of males and 76% of females report at least one significant headache per month. Children also suffer with headaches. According to a Swedish study of 9000 children, over 70% experienced headaches by the age of 15.

Headaches are indeed common, but they are far from normal. The effects of these painful events are widespread, from work and sleep disruption to a decrease in overall mood. Migraines alone cost between 5.6 and 17.2 billion dollars per year in lost work and productivity. There are options for headache sufferers!

PAIN FREE ON THE FAIRWAY

How to Improve your Golf Game with a Healthy Back

If you are one of thousands enjoying the fastest growing sport in North America, then you know how satisfying it can be to beat your personal best score, or to win that company golf tournament. You also know how frustrating it can be to play poorly or miss a game due to an injury. The nature of the golf game itself leaves us prone to injury. During a typical round, you will swing your club approximately 100 times! Talk about repetitive strain! The golf swing is one of the most explosive and unnatural of all sport movements, and relies on the coordination of several muscle groups. If you are unprepared for your season and don’t follow proper technique you may be in line for a rotator cuff, shoulder, or back injury. Don’t cut your season short this year, exercise caution, and follow these simple pointers to keep swinging healthy and give yourself a competitive edge:

Six Steps to Safe Shovelling

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
injury:

The Facts About Glucosamine Sulfate

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.

Walk a Mile in Your Own Shoes!

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.”

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