New Chiropractic Hours!

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Please note, due to Dr. Jen’s new family addition joining us soon we have had to make some small alterations to our hours.

Dr. Jen will now be CLOSED on Tuesdays and on Friday’s will only be in the office until 1:00 pm.

There are still lots of Chiropractic hours so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Jen will be adjusting into July and then will be replaced by Dr. Andrea Perricone while on maternity leave. Dr. Perricone is excited to join us for the time Dr. Jen is off with her son and is a very skilled Chiropractor. Dr. Jen has every confidence she will take good care of everyone in her absence!

 

 

 

Suffering From a Fall off the Workout Wagon? Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off – It’s Time to Jump Back On!

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The past two weeks have brought eerily similar stories from many patients: “I am always  stiff now in the mornings”, ” by the end of the day my back is killing me”, “I am really tired all the time”. The shocking thing is that all these patients are healthy, active people that have been under Chiropractic care for an extended period of time with great results. So what is happening right now? What is the common theme? No, it is not “I guess I am getting older”… NO WAY! What I have identified in every one of these cases is A FALL OFF THE WAGON… and by that I mean a big decrease in their activity level and exercise program in the last few months.

Everyone will have ebb and flows in their schedules. Things happen. Life happens. Busy begets busy.( I can absolutely attest to this fact – puppies are exhausting! ). The trick is to recognize what’s happening and take control of your body again. And this takes A LOT of work for a few weeks and then you remember how awesome it makes you feel and you are back!

Whether your slide is a few months or a year or two it’s time to press the RESET button and get back to work on you. No time is the right time until you make it right. It’s always too busy. Just make a decision. Pick something and get to work. For those who have “fallen off the wagon” you KNOW what to do. You also know how tough those first few workouts or runs will be which makes you cringe for a few more days, exhausted and sore on the couch. Until you do it. And the third (or tenth) one feels great! So don’t wait for the New Year. Grad that wagon wheel and start to pull yourself back on. You will be thanking yourself by January 1st!

Honouring Our Mother’s This Week! Energy Tips for Busy Mom’s

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What do I hear most often from all the hard working Mom’s in my office? “I have no time“, “I have no energy” and “I am so tired”. Here are a few Energy gaining Tips for all you busy Mom’s out there:

1) Guzzle a Full Bottle of Water – mild dehydration can affect your body even before you know you’re thirsty and can leave you with headaches, fatigue and lack of energy.

2) Get Moving – Studies have shown that regular exercise is better than a nap for boosting your energy levels. Understanding your crazy schedule -get what you can. Take your child for a stroller walk in the neighbourhood and incorporate a few big hills. Walk circles around the soccer or baseball field where your child is practicing or playing a game. Lane swim if possible during a child’s swim lesson. Use a treadmill or elliptical while your children are doing homework. If all else fails – crank the music and have a dance party!

3) Eat a good breakfast – would you let the kids start their day without a healthy breakfast? A cup of coffee does not equal a healthy start to the day! Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can give you great energy to tackle the day.

4) Eat healthy snacks throughout the day – When your blood sugar drops you will feel drained, tired and cranky. Eating small, healthy snacks can keep your energy on an even keel and avoid the need for a “sugar rush” snack that will crash your system even more. 

5) Spend some real play time with your child – So much to do today…get dressed, eat, prepare meals, drop here, drop there … all this can lead to empty exhausted feelings. Give parenting a break and PLAY. Abandon yourself completely and play without a deadline, timeline or goal. 

SPRING 2015 LEARN TO RUN GROUP! Start date: Monday, March 23, 2015

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Our Learn To Run Groups are back!

Starting Monday, March 23 @ 7:15 pm Dr. Jen will be instructing a Learn To Run Group. This group is focused on turning the non-runner into a runner! We start gently with short intervals and build to completing a 5 km road race.

The course runs 9 weeks on Mondays @ 7:15 pm at our clinic, 12840 Yonge Street.

Would you like to join us?? Email Risa now to sign up!

Wellness Health – What is This?

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Everyone these days is talking about “wellness” and the “wellness lifestyle” but what is this elusive state of being? The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Wellness health is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Therefore this is a dynamic PROCESS that we have to constantly work at.

So how do we work at being well?

You must sit and take a conscious evaluation of your mind, body and soul – are all three out of balance (most people these days!)? If so, you must develop strategies for improvement in each category. As a Chiropractor, my main priority is helping with the health and wellness of the BODY (and therefore influencing the mind and soul). Many people begin chiropractic care for a spine-related concern – a REACTION to something outwardly affecting how their body functions. They are often surprised that chiropractic care is actually about restoring the integrity of their nervous system, which controls every cell, and tissue of the body. That’s when they understand why many of our practice members choose to continue with some type of ongoing maintenance or wellness care after they feel better. Why? Because wellness care (or regular chiropractic adjustments) are PROACTIVE and work with you in the PROCESS of achieving overall wellness.

As a Chiropractor, I also act as a health coach. I have a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics (human movement and physiology) as well as my Chiropractic Diploma. I can act as a great resource with advice about getting enough exercise, restful sleep, plenty of water, quality nutrition or a positive mental attitude. REMEMBER: staying healthy is easier than getting healthy!

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

Thomas Edison

A Heads Up on Helmets

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It is time for some righteous ski and snowboarding activities and Dr. Jen is happy to see that the use of helmets is not only mandatory in most ski areas but also a “cool” fashion statement.  Please remember though, that helmets aren’t just for extreme sports. Many fun seasonal activities, such as bike riding, blading, skiing or skating or tobogganing, require the use of a helmet. Helmets are designed to protect your head and can reduce the risk of an injury by 30 per cent. There are such a wide variety of activities requiring helmets that it’s important to pick the right one for the job. There are two basic types of helmets: 1) single-impact and 2) multiple-impact.

Here are a few tips that will help you select a helmet that is appropriate for the activity that you’re doing:

  • Ski and snowboarding helmets are designed to protect your head against ONE impact accident. After it’s been in a crash, it should be replaced even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage. Hockey helmets are designed to withstand several impacts. Helmets that are designed to protect the back of the head should be used for winter sports.
  • Don’t settle for second-hand. While it may be tempting to buy a second-hand helmet or use a hand-me-down, keep in mind that plastic helmets become brittle and weaken with age. Make sure you know the answer to two questions: 1) Has this helmet been in a crash? 2) Is it more than five years old?
  • Older helmets may not meet current safety standards. It’s important to look for safety certification by CSA (Canadian Standards Association), or CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission).
  • Proper fit is just as important as choosing the right helmet. It should comfortably touch your head all the way around, and be snug enough to stay firmly in place. Your helmet should sit level on your head and ride as low as possible to protect the sides of your head.

Head injuries can be devastating, and you should never skimp on getting the right helmet for your needs – remember, you can’t put a price on your brain!

Should you or your child experience a head injury, please call Dr. Jen. People do not realize just how serious a “little” hit to the head can be on your spine and nervous system. A Chiropractic adjustment is very often necessary to re-align all that was knocked out of place even if a helmet was worn.

source: Ontario Chiropractic Association

Feeling Dizzy? See Your Chiropractor! Chiropractic and Vertigo

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Vertigo is a common condition that affects a surprisingly large percentage of adults. Vertigo is often times thought of as another word for dizziness. However, dizziness can mean either vertigo or lightheadedness and it’s important to know the difference.

Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or pass out. Vertigo is a condition where you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning even though you are in a stationary position. Nausea, sweating, headaches, vomiting and fatigue may add to the discomfort. Vertigo has many different causes including: trauma like a motor vehicle accident or a fall, sinus infection or head cold, issues in the spine and nervous system, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, inner ear issues or from the use of certain medication.

There are two types of vertigo that chiropractic care can correct. These are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and cervicogenic vertigo.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo The inner ear is responsible for balance and motion sense of the head. Within the labyrinth of the inner ear are calcium crystals called otoliths (or “ear rocks”). In BPPV, the otoliths are dislodged from their normal position. BPPV symptoms come and goe based on head and neck position. When triggered, the dizziness can last a few seconds to a few minutes. Symptoms are commonly triggered by rising from sleep, tilting the head, rolling over in bed, looking up or sudden head motion. This type of vertigo is related to an inner ear problem and the most common cause is a sudden trauma (like a fall or motor vehicle accident).

Cervicogenic vertigo is dizziness that arises from the neck. For example, irritation or injury to the joints, muscles or ligaments of the neck can overstimulate nerve endings that detect position sense in the neck giving rise to vertigo. Chiropractors can work on the muscles and joints in the neck to balance the biomechanics and to promote a more rapid and complete recovery of the damaged tissues.

Vertigo can be very unpleasant for the individual but if that person experiences symptoms such as double vision, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, fainting or collapse, numbness, nausea and/or unsteadiness when walking, (even if temporary) allow with the vertigo they should seek emergency medical care.

Do you have questions about a sense of vertigo? Ask Dr. Jen!

Did Your Summer Look Like This??

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Ahh summer. So much fun to be had, so little time. Did you indulge in all sorts of amazing summer activities? Did you wake board, water ski, camp, portage a canoe, relax in a hammock, road trip across the country or cottage? That all sounds AMAZING but … have you had your spine checked AFTER all these super fun activities?

Think of the woman in the featured photo (actual patient photo!!) – she tries to wake board as much as possible all summer and there are certainly falls like this one that makes me (her Chiropractor!) cringe. I see whiplash as a minimum, maybe an over extended lower back, possibly a wrenched knee. This patient sees me once a week to make sure that her wake boarding adventures are not having permanent effects on her spine and nervous system. Think of a canoe trip – the backpack load on your spine as you carry it across the portage not to mention the weight of the canoe and the sleeping surface of your thermarest. Resting and relaxing in a hammock all day can be blissful but also can cause some stress on your spine by being in a flexed position for too long. Long family road trips can be fun and adventurous but if you are not used to sitting for hours and hours this can cause lower back pain and dysfunction. These stresses on your spine can be easily taken care by your Chiropractor – the sooner is always the better.

When was your last adjustment? Summer is busy – children have camps, there are various holiday weeks and travel – has it been ALL SUMMER without an adjustment? Call Dr. Jen now! Haven’t seen her before? No problem! Call and Risa will book an appointment ASAP!!

Are You Older or Younger Than Your Chronological Age?

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Recently I had an excellent question from a patient I was wishing a Happy Birthday. The question was: are the majority of patients you see healthy, vibrant and “younger” than their chronological age or seem older?  I immediately wanted to answer YOUNGER but on more thought realized a lot of people that seek my care are doing so precisely because of this question.

Too often new patients are crawling into our office with chronic neck pain, lower back pain or headaches.They are tired, stressed, work at a desk all day, have very poor posture, low energy and haven’t exercised regularly in 10 years. These people are “older” than their chronological years. They have low muscle tone from the poor posture and no exercise, which puts excessive stress on their spinal joints leading to degeneration and pain. They seem to have no faith that their body can recover. I often hear “I’m too old” now when I ask about sports previously enjoyed.

THIS CAN CHANGE! Chiropractic care is a great start to turn your body’s clock around. Your body is an amazing piece of machinery but like any machine, without use it will develop rust. Rust can be worked off! Chiropractic adjustments can realign your spine and enhance your nervous system function. Exercise, started slowly and properly can benefit EVERYONE no matter the age. “MOVE IT OR LOSE IT”!

Work at the basics: realign your spine with Chiropractic, develop your cardiovascular fitness, strength, posture improvements and mobility. and you too can be YOUNGER EVERY YEAR!

I make it a habit to practice what I preach -I move everyday. Whether it is just a 30 minute walk with my dog, Stella, or a 3 hour bike ride, movement and activity are a priority for me. It keeps my cardiovascular and muscular systems strong, it helps with stress reduction and cleans my mind allowing me to enjoy fresh air and gain perspective on my day. MOVE IT! Trust me, you will feel better.

Shoulder Pain? Chiropractic Can Help!

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Shoulder pain is a common compliant from athletes and non-athletes alike. To complicate things, people often confuse “shoulder” pain for upper back or neck pain referring into the shoulder area.

The shoulder joint itself is a very shallow ball and socket joint that is surrounded by several muscles; four of these muscles make up the famous “rotator cuff”. The shoulder joint provides a large, circular range of motion at the expense of stability, which makes it more prone to injuries. Injury can occur with repetitive movements, overhead activity, or lifting or carrying anything awkwardly.

At the junction of your neck and shoulder is a very important bundle of nerves called your BRACHIAL PLEXUS. This is a gathering of all the nerves leaving your neck to work all muscles in your upper back, arm and hand. Often an injury to the lower neck can affect the nerves in this area, giving over the shoulder pain that is confused with a shoulder injury.

On top of this, an injury to the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder left untreated causes atrophy or muscle loss in the shoulder. This makes the shoulder joint fall forward and affects the muscles and joints of the neck.

So what do you do with a bad shoulder??? SEE DR. JEN!

 When any injury occurs, the first instinct for many people is to rest the injured area and let it heal on its own. While rest is important in most injury recovery, not moving an injured shoulder will lead to more problems down the road such as frozen shoulder and neck problems. If you injury your shoulder, please see Dr. Jen immediately to assess the situation and decide the best course of action for your injury.