By: Albert Huang, DC
Did you know that getting a Massage has many benefits that can enhance your day from a good to a great one? Yes, its true massage therapy not only feels nice but it can also reduce your stress and anxiety by releasing feel good endorphins such as dopamine which enhance your mood and happiness! A relaxation massage will increase your circulation and provide an energy boost to combat fatigue. On bad days when you have a headache or back aches, massage therapy has been shown to relieve these symptoms so before you resort to your pain meds, contact your Registered Massage Therapist to heal the body naturally!
Keep Calm and get your Massage on!
Dr. Jenn Pratt
If you suffer from lower back, hip, knee or shoulder injuries, you could have Gluteal Amnesia.
With the advent of technology, computers, smart phones, smart homes, cars and pretty much wireless everything, physical movement has taken the back seat to convenience. This is great for making life simpler and easier in many ways, but definitely has contributed to an an epidemic of inactivity. Like everything in life, there is a cost and the cost we often pay for convenience is a toll on our physical health. Ever heard that saying “if you don’t use it you lose it?” Well, this holds true for many things including your butt, aka glutes.
So other than something that makes you want LMAO what the heck is Sleepy Butt syndrome/ Gluteal Amnesia? Basically, it is when the gluteal muscles forget what they need to do! The glutes (maximus, medius, and the minimus) are one of the largest prime movers of the human body, when working at full potential can pack quite the punch. In addition to filling out a nice pair of skinny jeans they help control the muscles of the hip and are excellent at force production. One of the main reasons they can begin to shut off is we spend so much time sitting and not nearly enough time utilizing them for what they were made for, such as running/ sprinting, thrusting, jumping etc so much so that they forget to stay turned on. They can also become inhibited when you have chronic low back pain which can lead to continuation of pain.
Ever heard of muscle memory? Well your muscles have memory and through repetition it gets stronger. If you have consistent exercise program your muscles can quickly adapt and know how to react, but it you have a sedentary lifestyle they completely forget what to do! When you sit for long periods of time you are not using your glutes and this leads to the amnesia. This inactivity often causes muscle imbalances and tightness in the hip flexors which further cause an inhibition (turning off) of your glutes.
This sedentary lifestyle leads to weakness and increased muscle tightness in your hips which will limit the range of motion of your hips, leading to misalignment and stress to your knees, low back, and even shoulder. Some of the common injuries resulting from gluteal amnesia are patellofemoral syndrome (PFS), iliotibial band syndrome (ITB), lumbar disc herniation, and even rotator cuff strains.
How do you know if you may have Gluteal Amnesia?
Some movement compensations that can indicate Gluteal Amnesia include:
How can you change this situation? Following these simple steps can return your gluteal memory and reduce pain and immobility.
Your chiropractor is an expert in human movement and function; if you are unsure of whether or not you may suffer from gluteal amnesia and what to do about it, come in for an assessment - we can help!
Hughes, L. (2017, May 25). WTF Is 'Dead Butt Syndrome' and How to Know If You Have It, from https://www.self.com/story/what-is-gluteal-amnesia
McGill, S. M. "The painful lumbar spine." IDEA Fitness J 7.1 (2010).
Check out Ontario Chiropractic Associations' new commercial on living the simple life. Our days are filled with simple tasks and moments: rising, dressing, driving, eating, playing and so much more. But if pain and mobility issues are making those simple, small things into huge obstacles to overcome, it’s time to see a chiropractor.
With the much anticipated spring weather finally settling in, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and welcome the sunshine and warm temperatures. Here are 5 benefits of Chiropractic care that will help you feel rejuvenated for spring.
1. Improved posture
During treatments, your chiropractor will correct the alignment of your spine. Over time, and with regular treatments, this can help improve your posture - allowing you to stand straighter and taller. Check out our other article, “7 ways to Improve Your Posture - The Proactive Approach”, for further tips and tricks!
2. It can brighten your mood
For some of us, a long and dreary winter can really take a toll on our mood. Adjustments don’t just align your spine, they also help balance out the rest of your body as well. With regular chiropractic adjustments, certain chemical imbalances in the body can be corrected and your mood can be improved. You’ll feel better physically and emotionally!
3. It can help relieve stress
The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and nerves, and is in charge of sending and receiving information throughout the body. When it is not functioning to its fullest capacity and is out of alignment, the rest of your body will feel off too. In addition to causing physical discomfort, this may also result in the manifestation of mental stress. Realignment of your nervous system, and having your body balanced will relieve tension and stress, and promote relaxation in the body and mind.
4. You’ll sleep better
Many sleep related issues are connected to body pain, aches and stress. As regular chiropractic treatments help relieve those issues, your sleep quality will also improve. You’ll feel better during the day, and rest better at night!
5. Your immune system will get a much needed boost
Does your immune system need a bit of a kick-start? Chiropractic can alleviate issues that may be preventing your nervous system from working properly. As previously stated, the nervous system is in charge of sending and receiving information throughout the body - this includes to and from the immune system. If your nervous system is working properly, your immune system will be too, and if your immune system is working properly you will be able to prevent and recover from illnesses faster.
For more information on the benefits of visiting a Chiropractor, check out our blog post, “7 Health Benefits with Chiropractic Care”, to discover a few more ways chiropractic care can improve your health and wellness this spring!
Our very own, Dr. Albert Huang was recently nominated as a top chiropractic practitioner in Toronto by threebestrated.ca. Check out the article here!
Albert is humbled and honoured to be recognized as a leading chiropractor in the city. "When you love what you do, great things happen!"
Albert has always been fasinated with health, fitness, and the human body and to be able to be working on it day in day out is a blessing! Big thanks goes out to all the people and patients who have been a part of this success and healing!
By: Sonia Gashgarian, Physiotherapist
With warmer weather (hopefully) soon approaching, we can spend more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine and fresh air after a long winter season. For a lot of people, the warmer weather also means that outdoor sports and activities will be starting up again. If you are thinking of taking up a new sport or activity, or returning to a spring or summer league, here are my top 5 tips to help prevent injuries so you can enjoy your activity all season long:
1. PRE-SEASON TRAINING. To help get your body in peak shape for your upcoming activity, it is important to train the muscle and energy systems used during your activity. This involves gradually increasing your strength, balance, and endurance. For example, if your activity involves short bursts of running, try interval training to improve your anaerobic capacity; on the other hand, if the activity or sport lasts for a long period of time, improving your aerobic endurance is more suitable.
If you are unsure of which strengthening exercises and/or training programs are right for you, a physiotherapist or other qualified health care professional can help you determine what areas you should focus on.
2. WARM-UP & COOL DOWN. An adequate warm-up should last between 10-15 minutes. Keep the exercises dynamic (stretching through movement) as much as possible to help warm-up the muscles and increase circulation. Some warm-up ideas include karaokes, knee-high running, butt kicks, and arm circles. After exercise, 5-10 minutes of light jogging clears lactic acid from the muscles, helping to prevent muscle soreness and stiffness the next day.
3. STAY HYDRATED. The average person loses between 1-1.5 litres of water for every one hour of exercise, so be sure to drink enough water before, during, and after you exercise to help prevent dehydration and muscle cramping. During those hot, humid summer days, this point is even more important to reduce the risk of heat stroke. If you sweat profusely or are exercising for over an hour, you will also need to replenish your electrolytes.
4. ALLOW FOR REST & RECOVERY. The general rule of thumb is to give at least 24 hours of rest between bouts of vigorous physical activity (e.g. a long run or bike ride, a game of soccer, or a tournament). However, light exercise, such as cycling with light resistance or lifting light weights, can be done on rest days.
One of the most common times we injure ourselves is when we are tired. If your muscles and body aren’t given enough time to recover from the previous activity, your form and performance may pay the price, and the risk of injury increases as a result.
5. EQUIPMENT. Having the proper footwear and protective equipment will help to protect against any head and/or body injuries. While having the proper equipment for your activity is important, it is also necessary to make sure everything fits you properly.
By: Brianna Busch, DC
Pregnancy care is a unique healthcare market, and chiropractic can be an excellent way to bring together both the father and mother with a focus on preparing the mother’s body for pregnancy and postpartum. A plethora of changes occur to the body in such a short amount of time, often leaving "mothers-to-be" (as well as “fathers-to-be”) flustered and bogged down with multiple questions and concerns. As a Chiropractor, my intention is to prepare the family with education, and promote musculoskeletal balance in the pregnant mother, being a continual base of knowledge and support for the family throughout the pregnancy experience.
In a recent article by Weis et al, 2015, they looked at obstetric attitudes towards chiropractic care.2 Of the 91 completed survey participants, “forty percent of respondents referred at least some patients for chiropractic care each year, and 56% were interested in learning more about chiropractic care.”2 It is my goal through this introductory letter, and our future connections, to relay some of the indications, benefits, safety and contraindications for chiropractic care for your pre-pregnancy, mid-pregnancy, and postpartum patients.
Summary of Benefits for Chiropractic Pregnancy Care
Most from the additional sourced information at the end of this blog
By: Sonia Gashgarian, MscPT
Adults spend approximately 9.5 hours (or 69% of all waking hours) sitting each day according to Statistics Canada. Partly to blame is the fact that most job positions involve a lot of sitting – whether you are sitting in a meeting, sitting at your desk, or sitting during your commute to work.
While leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of disease and health complications, too much sitting can also lead to musculoskeletal injuries. There are 3 factors that can increase the risk of injury; a combination of these factors increases injury risk even more:
3. Awkward Posture
Considering the fact that a lot of office workers sit hunched forward in their office chair (an awkward posture) while working on the computer (a repetitive task), it is no wonder many people develop low back pain, neck and shoulder injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
However, there are several quick, simple, and easy changes that can be made to your desk set-up and sitting habits that will help to prevent the above mentioned injuries:
1. Adjusting the Chair. The image below outlines a better sitting alternative to sitting hunched forward. Here are some general guidelines:
a. Sit right back in the chair and avoid leaning forward
b. Tilt the seat pan forward so that the thighs are parallel to the floor or angled slightly downward
c. Rest your feet fully on the floor, or use a foot rest if unable to reach the floor
d. Recline the back rest to tilt back 100-110°
e. Adjust the arm rest height so that elbows have a bit more than a 90° bend and shoulders are relaxed
2. Posture. When sitting, try to keep your ears, shoulders, and hips in line while gently squeezing the shoulder blades together and down. This will help keep the natural curves in your spine, reducing stress on the spine and surrounding muscles.
3. Monitor Placement. Keep the monitor an arm’s length away with the top of the screen no higher than eye level
4. Use a Document Holder. Keep any papers being used beside the monitor or between the keyboard and monitor. If possible, tilt the papers up towards you to allow you to glance at documents, rather than having to repeatedly bend or turn your head
5. Use a Headset. If your job requires a lot of time spent on the phone, consider using a headset instead of cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder or holding the phone for prolonged periods of time
6. Desk Layout. Keep frequently used objects and equipment within forearm’s reach and occasionally used items within arm’s reach
7. Take Breaks. Stand up and stretch for a couple of minutes every 30 minutes to 1 hour. Even if there is only time to stand up and take a few steps, it will give your body and your mind a short break
8. Set a Timer. To help implement these changes, set a timer to go off on a regular basis. For example, set a timer every 20 minutes to remind about posture, or every hour to get up and stretch
If you are already starting to feel the effects of too much sitting, a physiotherapist can help in a couple of different ways:
* A physiotherapist can treat any injury or pain you may develop as a result of too much sitting, helping to rehabilitate your injury and manage your pain through hands-on techniques, education, home exercises, etc.
* Physical Therapists can make recommendations, above and beyond the tips outlined above, to help optimize your office and desk set-up based on your needs
The physio’s role can be endless, but the over-arching goal is to help rehabilitate the current injury and prevent injuries from recurring in the future.
1. Colley RC, Garriguet D, Janssen I, Craig CL, Clarke J, Tremblay MS. Physical activity of Canadian adults: accelerometer results from the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey. (Catalogue 82-003-XPE) Statistics Canada, Health Reports. 2011 Mar;22(1).
2. University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy. Office Ergonomics. 2015 June.
By: Claire LeGresley
30 Days to a More Energized, Lighter & Healthier YOU!Now that you’re back from the beach, are you ready for a fall season reset and to give your body some love this September? Oh yes, then you’ve come to the right place.
As we start saying goodbye to the sunshine, patios, and beaches (sob, sob) – we welcome September’s Back to School structure to get our healthy habits back on track. Autumn ushers in a wealth of healthy and tasty seasonal food options.
Let’s face it; making changes with our eating habits and lifestyle isn’t easy. Oftentimes, it’s because we aren’t sure what to do for a long-term strategy, for serious success.
We know that restrictive diets don’t work long term, and rapid weight loss often leads to rapid weight GAIN. Yikes.
This program is different.
During this online program, we’ll focus on one key strategy each week:
This is an online program so you can participate no matter where you live . Please invite your pals to join you in Your Fall Season Reset – extra support is where it’s at!
Here’s how it works:
This is an online program so you can participate no matter where you live . Please invite your pals to join you in Your Fall Season Reset – extra support is where it’s at!
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By: Courtney Holmberg, ND
July 1st 2015, marks a big day for all Naturopathic Doctors as they not only do get to celebrate the birth of our great nation, but also a huge step forward for the profession of Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario.
The Naturopathic Profession transitions from the Drugless Practitioners Act to the Regulated Health Professions Act, which has been underway for nearly two decades. Today, Naturopaths join nearly 300,000 other health professionals as equal partners in the management and care of Ontarians' health. Today, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario gain the official DR. title under the Naturopathy Act, 2007.
This would not have been possible without the advocacy of patients who participated in the email campaigns and who spoke the their MPPs and the Ministry of Health about the importance of Naturopathic Medicine to their health care. Your efforts have helped not only advance the profession, but also ensure that there were no limitation to the scope of practice for Naturopaths in Ontario, and the profession thanks you.
A more detailed overview of the laboratory testing available to naturopathic doctors, and the list of restricted substances may be accessed by clicking the associated links.
A NOTE TO MY PATIENTS:
Changes to scope means a new set of regulations and examinations. Be assured that I am working hard to complete all necessary examinations to ensure continuity of care to my patients. For the time being, intramuscular injections will not be offered within the clinic, but may still be available for self injection if required.
I look forward to a future where holistic and allopathic medicine functions in complement to one another, as we are one step closer to inter-professional collaboration.
Please stay connected for more information as it becomes available. See the OAND's new release here. For any outstanding questions, you may contact me here.
Here's to stepping forwards, together.
Courtney Holmberg, ND
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