Easter Weekend 2021 Office Closure
We will be closed Friday April 2, 2021 for Good Friday.
Chiropractic office hours will resume on Tuesday April 6, 2021.
Happy Easter to you and your family.
Christmas & New Year office closure
Christmas/ New year office closure:
The office will be closed the following days for the Christmas/New Year holidays:
Modified office hours during this time will be:
Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday January 5th 2021.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Get back on track with your health
These past months have been hard on everyone. Unfortunately, there is no clear end in sight.
October 16 is World Spine Day! Get Back on Track – safely! Your neck and back pain hasn’t stopped during these months. Enhanced cleaning, screening and spacing of patient appointments are just a few things I’m doing, among many other measures
If you are considering returning to care, contact me if you want to find out more about how we will keep you as safe as possible. My team and I would be happy to let you know everything we’re doing. Best wishes for World Spine Day 2020!
Tips to help reduce back pain
For simple low back sprain /strain injuries, there are several things that you can do at home to aid in your recovery. If you are unsure if your back pain is due to a simple sprain/ strain injury or if it is something more serious, please see a health care provider for an assessment.
Although your first thought may be to avoid all activity, light activity can actually be beneficial when recovering from minor back pain. It is important to change positions frequently and incorporate gentle stretching. Resting in bed is only necessary if you are in so much pain that you are unable to move, however, light activity when possible has shown to aid in a faster recovery from minor low back pain issues.
Try to identify activities of daily living that may be aggravating your symptoms and slowing your recovery. Those activities should be limited during the first 1-2 weeks of your recovery.
Heat or ice?
Although heat may feel better in the short term, Ice is a better option when trying to decrease an inflammatory response with acute injuries. Keep this in mind during the first 72 hours of an injury.
If you are experiencing back pain, please contact a health care professional, such as your chiropractor for an assessment. This way a plan of action that is appropriate for your unique situation can be created.
A lack of physical activity and obesity results in a higher chance of developing back pain among other issues. There are many ways to incorporate healthy eating habits and physical activity into your week to get started on your back to health journey.
Minimizing gardening aches & pains
Gardening is a wonderful way to spend time outside this summer, however, keep in mind that it should be treated like any other physical activity and that you need to prepare your body for it in order to minimize your chance of injury.
Here are some tips to keep in mind before heading out into your yard:
When dealing with pain, one of the consequences can be sleep disruption. There are ways to cope with this disruption and try to minimize the effect pain can have on sleep. Some suggestions include:
Minimizing strain while spring cleaning
With the arrival of spring, we often start thinking of all the tidying up we need to do around the house or in the yard. Many of these tasks require repetitive actions such as bending, reaching, lifting, and twisting, which if done improperly could lead to injuries.
Keep these following tips in mind to minimize your chance of injury:
Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association
Continuing on the previous blog post about reducing winter slip and falls on ice covered streets and sidewalks, here's a video from Alberta Health Services summarizing the penguin walk!
Reducing winter falls
During the winter, ice covered walkways, driveways or parking lots create an increased risk factor for slips and falls, which can sometimes result in serious injury.
To minimize this risk, you need to change the way that you walk on these slippery surfaces. The best way to minimize falls is to use short strides, and keep your centre of gravity over your legs as you walk (Walk like a penguin).
Here's an infographic on how to walk like a penguin.